Union’s Keith Kinkaid Playing Big in Stand-In Role
From the middle of February to the end of the 2017-'18 regular season, Keith Kinkaid was one of the best goalies in the entire NHL. Unfortunately for the Devils and the former Union star, that success didn't carry into the playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Forget last season. Incumbent starter Cory Schneider, as much as by reputation and salary as anything else, is recovering from offseason surgery and so Kinkaid has been the reliable man between the pipes through two games.
The New Jersey Devils are off to a 2-0 start with wins over Edmonton and defending Stanley Cup champion Washington. That start includes a shutout by Kinkaid against the Capitals putting the starting goaltender job on the line. Nothing is guaranteed even when Schneider is back to one-hundred percent.
Through the two wins, with a home game coming Sunday afternoon against the Sharks, Kinkaid has 38 saves and only those two goals allowed.