New Jersey Devils Three Headed Goalie Monster of Sub-Mediocrity

Mackenzie Blackwood, Keith Kinkaid New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Mackenzie Blackwood, Keith Kinkaid New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Keith Kinkaid, New Jersey Devils. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Keith Kinkaid

Since Schneider’s troubles took hold, former undrafted Union College alumni Keith Kinkaid has been the New Jersey Devils workhorse. Unfortunately, his best efforts this season have not been good enough. Among the 22 goalies that have played in 30 or more games this season, Kinkaid ranks last with a .896 SV%. Additionally, he is second to last in wins (14), and goals against average (3.18).

He’s had his moments in 2018-19 including three shutouts. That just makes his overall numbers look worse. Throw out the three clean sheets, and Kinkaid has a 3.68 GAA. Its no wonder NJD is having such a poor season.

Kinkaid is currently in a job that is over his abilities. He’s an ideal number two goalie in the NHL. A steady backup that can be counted on to spell the starter when the main man needs a rest. Additionally, Kinkaid has proven that he can play extended periods and be effective in spurts.

What holds him back from being a true number one goalie is that his weaknesses get exposed the more he plays. The league has figured him out. While the NHL has adjusted to him, he has yet to make effective counter adjustments. On some nights he’s good enough to put the Devils in contention to win, but not enough to make a big difference.

If the Devils had a reliable number one, Kinkaid would be the optimal choice to be their backup. That isn’t the case at this time. He’s a part-time player who isn’t up to the task of a full-time job.