Albany goalie Keith Kinkaid, nursing a sore groin and not traveling with his team last weekend, was solid last season as a first-year pro platooning in the AHL land this season has elevated his game as a starter.

At 24, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Farmingville, NY native isn't a kid anymore, but his NHL experience, not including preseason exhibitions, consists of one 26-minute stint for the Devils last March in relief of Johan Hedberg.

Kinkaid, after missing four games, returned to action on Friday night and continued his solid season by making 30 saves for Albany in a 4-2 win at Adirondack. He's now 19-8-2 in 30 games this season with a 2.29 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.

His first real NHL opportunity could be coming soon with Martin Brodeur possibly in his final days with the Devils.

To be determined is whether Kinkaid ever gets the opportunity to become the Devils' backup to Cory Schneider … perhaps for the tail end of this season if Brodeur is traded before the NHL's March 5 trade deadline, or maybe next season if Brodeur retires or uses unrestricted free agency to sign with another team.

With Kinkaid not around to talk last weekend, Albany coach Rick Kowalsky provided a progress report on his goalie.