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Schneider could return to practice this week

Devils goalie continuing recovery from knee injury

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider could return to practice this week. 

Schneider has missed the past six games (3-3-0) after sustaining a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee in Dallas on March 4. He faced shots Sunday at Prudential Center for the first time since the injury. Devils coach John Hynes said Schneider is progressing well.

"[Sunday] was his first day he actually took shots and that went fairly well," Hynes said. "We're by no means going to rush him back but he is on a normal track like any other player would be to hopefully progress into a practice situation this week. We'll see where it goes from there."

The Devils play the second of a home-and-home set against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; FS-O, MSG+, NHL.TV) but did not hold a morning skate. The Blue Jackets defeated the Devils 6-3 at Nationwide Arena on Saturday.

The Devils have allowed 17 goals in the past three games and goaltender Keith Kinkaid has been pulled twice in that span. He was pulled 2:50 into the second period after allowing three goals on 19 shots Saturday. Yann Danis, who was re-assigned to Albany of the American Hockey League on Sunday, allowed three goals on 15 shots in relief. 

Kinkaid had started the past six games with Schneider sidelined. Goalie Scott Wedgewood, recalled from Albany on Sunday, will make his NHL debut against the Blue Jackets.

Schneider, a 2016 NHL All-Star, is 26-23-6 with a 2.17 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 55 games this season.

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