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Schneider gets the start in Detroit

Devils netminder will start against the Red Wings exactly six months after undergoing surgery

by Amanda Stein @amandacstein /

DETROIT, MI - It has been a long six months for New Jersey Devils' netminder Cory Schneider. The process to recover from off-season hip surgery has not been an easy one and required extreme patience as his body was worked back into form.

On Thursday night against the Red Wings, Schneider will take to the ice as the starting goaltender in Detroit, exactly six months to the day he underwent surgery.

"I'm hoping this is the beginning of a new chapter," Schneider said. "I just want to go out there any play, not over-think it. It's not always easy when you jump in part-way through the season, but that's the circumstance. I've done everything I can do get ready, so now I've just got to go out and compete and execute."

Schneider has had just a glimpse of NHL action this season after he played 14:58 in the loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

"It seemed pretty fast when I first got in there," Schneider added. "It seemed like the game was moving pretty quickly. After a couple of minutes and a few shots, it settled in. Just like it always does. It didn't hurt to have that exposure, but tonight is a new game."

The Devils of course have a lot to prove to themselves after what Kyle Palmieri called an 'embarrassing loss' to the Lightning earlier this week.

"Detroit the last couple of games have played really well," coach John Hynes said. "They're certainly better than their record indicates. We have an opportunity come out with a 'response type' game, none of us liked what happened in Tampa and now we have to go out and prove it."

Rookie forward Joey Anderson will play in his second career NHL game Thursday night. He draws in for an injured Stefan Noesen. Noesen left practice early on Wednesday and is considered day-to-day with an upper body injury. Anderson said he's feeling much more comfortable since being called up to New Jersey last Friday, welcomed by the Devils lineup. At just 20 years old, Anderson will get a second opportunity to fight for a regular spot in the New Jersey lineup.

"Joey's strengths and identity as a player is that he's very smart, he makes a lot of good decisions. He's tenacious and competitive. He's quick. We'd like to see him have those attributes in his game. He's another guy where we think he's a good penalty killer, having done it at all levels. When you get these opportunities as a player, you really want to come in and play to your strengths. Force us to put you back in the lineup and try and take someone's job."

"I've got to go play my game and that's what my focus is," Anderson said. "If I do that, I think I'll give myself the best chance I can to take someone's job. At the end of the day, I've got to just go out and do the things that have gotten me to this point and that [the coaching staff] want to see."

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