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Schneider says he 'could have done better',waits for U.S. roster announcement

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As of right now, Devils' goaltender Cory Schneider doesn't appear headed to Sochi, Russia with the U.S. Olympic Team. But there are still several hours left for the Massachusetts native to hope.

The decision has already been made, but will not be announced until the 2014 Bridgestone Winter Classic between Detroit and Toronto comes to a close on Wednesday afternoon at Michigan Stadium. While he's looking forward to hearing the names to represent the United States next month, Schneider isn't letting a situation beyond his control rattle him.

" I'm looking forward to it," Schneider told The Record's Tom Gulitti on Tuesday. " It's been a long time coming and there's not much we can do about it now, so there's no real nervousness or anxiety. I'm just looking forward to seeing what it says and if I am named it will be something truly special, but if I'm not I know there's a lot of other good goalies in the running."

The report from this weekend made the unofficial announcement that the three goaltenders that will be on Team USA are Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick and Jimmy Howard.

Miller and Quick attended the U.S. Orientation Training Camp in August, along with Schneider, but had been considered destined to wear the red, white and blue long before that.

The final goaltender spot had appeared up for grabs, with no one American goalie finding a good hold of it. Howard, however, seems to have gripped it just enough, despite his disappointing season and an MCL knee sprain that kept him out of the lineup for most of December.

In his return to the Red Wing's lineup yesterday, Howard letup five goals on 20 shots for his third straight loss. It was the second time in his last three starts that the apparent third-string U.S. goalie allowed his opponent five goals.

Schneider's win column certainly hasn't blown anyone away this season either, but while you can easily place the blame on the team in front of him, he believes the buck stops with him.

" The only thing I'd be disappointed in is that I probably could have done better than what I showed," said Schneider. "It hasn't been bad by any means, but, knowing the way I think I can play and am able to play, I don't necessarily think I did make the most of all of my opportunities."

So if Schneider does miss out on the chance to help Team USA find gold in Sochi?

"You're going to support whoever is on the team and congratulate them."

The 2014 Bridgestone Winter Classic- Detroit vs Toronto- will take place this afternoon at 1 p.m. ET.

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