Originally Martin Brodeur had been tabbed by coach Peter DeBoer to start the season-opener for the New Jersey Devils in Pittsburgh on Friday night. There's been a change of plans and instead Cory Schneider will get the start. Last week Brodeur's dad Denis died back in his hometown of Montreal and Martin spent a little bit of time in Quebec. As a result DeBoer decided to give Martin a little more time and start Schneider instead. "Ended up being a fairly easy decision just based on the last week and a half Marty's had and what he's dealt with" DeBoer said. "It was more the timing that he could get an extra day to prepare after what he's been through." It also means that Brodeur's incredible streak of starting 18 consecutive season openers for the same franchise -- just one of his numerous NHL records -- will come to an end. He has led the Devils onto the ice for the first game every season since 1994-95 an incredible run one that's nearly impossible to imagine ever seeing again.