The New Jersey Devils announced Wednesday that veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur does not need surgery but will miss the next 7-10 days due to his injured right shoulder, according to a report from the Bergen Record.
“It’s good news and it could be less,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello. “It’s just to avoid all the questions every day.”
Brodeur sustained the injury, described as a bruise by Lamoriello, when he landed awkwardly last Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings. He missed last Saturday's game against Nashville and will now definitely miss Friday's home game against San Jose and Saturday's game at Pittsburgh, with the chance he could also miss up to three more games. The time off continues a trend for the 39-year-old Brodeur, who missed 76 games the past two seasons due to injury.
Backup goalie Johan Hedberg will start in goal against Friday against the Sharks, Devils coach Peter DeBoer confirmed Wednesday. Hedberg is 3-0-0 this season with a 1.41 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage.
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