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Schneider out at least two weeks

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

Devils goaltender Cory Schneider has a Grade 1 sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, coach John Hynes said after the Devils' 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center on Sunday.

Schneider sustained the injury during the third period of a 4-2 loss at the Dallas Stars on Friday while making a pad save against Stars forward Jason Spezza.

Schneider is 26-23-6 with a 2.17 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage this season.

The Devils are six points behind the Detroit Red Wings for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. They have 15 games remaining.

"The way we'll handle Cory is like with any other player," Hynes said before the game Sunday. "The most important thing we want to do is make sure that if a player is going to be in our lineup, it's going to be good for the player and good for the team. But it's always about the player first, and we want to make sure that if and when Cory's ready we're not going to push him back. He needs to come back when he's ready and we feel is going to give him the best chance to be the goalie he can be. That's what we want for him."

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