(SportsNetwork.com) - A strong effort in his most recent start may be the
reason that Martin Brodeur is getting the start on Tuesday night for the New
Jersey Devils against the Detroit Red Wings.
It could also have to do with the fact that it marks the Devils' final game
before Wednesday's trade deadline.
With an uncertain future ahead of him, Brodeur will man the net for perhaps
the final time in front of the home fans.
It will mark the second start in three games for the 41-year-old, but just his
30th appearance of the regular season. The veteran Brodeur has clearly become
the backup to Cory Schneider and could be traded from the only franchise he is
known if the right deal comes along.
Brodeur, a first-round selection by New Jersey in 1990, wasn't looking too
much into getting the start other than the fact the Devils are trying to win a
"I think it's a hockey decision at the end of the day," said the three-time
Stanley Cup champion. "Regardless if I'm going to go somewhere or stay here,
that's a business part of the game. I'm kind of happy to get back in the net."
If it is his last start with the Devils, Brodeur will cap a resume that has
seen him win four Vezina Trophies and be selected to nine All-Star games in
addition to the three championships. He has played in 1,249 games with New
Jersey, winning 683 times while posting a career 2.24 goals against average
and NHL-record 124 shutouts.
The Devils turn to their veteran in a big game as the Red Wings are tied with
the Washington Capitals for the second wild card spot in the Eastern
Conference with 68 points. New Jersey is three points off that pace and its
next game isn't until Friday in Detroit.
After Brodeur made 18 saves to beat the New York Islanders on Saturday,
Schneider yielded four goals on 22 shots in a 4-2 setback to the San Jose
Sharks the following day.
Schneider was outdueled by Sharks backup goaltender Alex Stalock, who made 21
"He made some really nice scrambling saves," said Schneider. "As a goalie
that's what you hope to do. That's usually the difference, one guys does and
the other guy doesn't and tonight I wasn't that guy."
Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who had won their
New Jersey played a second game in a row without both Damien Brunner (charley
horse) and Bryce Salvador (bruised collarbone). They are questionable for
The Red Wings have kept pace in the conference by going 5-1-1 in their last
seven games, including a 6-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.
Johan Franzen netted his sixth career hat trick and Jonas Gustavsson came up
with 37 saves.
Franzen scored twice during a four-goal first period, while Riley Sheahan,
Tomas Jurco and Tomas Tatar all added goals. Niklas Kronwall posted three
"(Getting points) is all that matters," Kronwall said. "It doesn't always
matter how we got them. All that matters is that we get them."
The Red Wings will end a string of five straight road games tonight and will
do so without veteran forward Pavel Datsyuk due to a nagging sore right knee.
Datsyuk did not play the third period on Thursday and did not make the trip to
New Jersey after being held out of practice on Monday.
"Can't play," Datsyuk told Detroit's website. "Issue with my knee. We're
looking day-to-day, hard to stay anything."
Jimmy Howard expects to get the call for the Red Wings tonight and has split
his previous two meetings with the Devils while allowing three goals on 45
Detroit has won two straight and three of its last four versus New Jersey,
including a 3-1 road win on Dec. 6. Howard had to make just 10 saves and Tatar
had a goal and an assist.
Schneider allowed all three goals on 21 shots.
Detroit has won two straight and three of its last four in New Jersey as well.
The Red Wings will host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday before a rematch
with the visiting Devils the following night.
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