Martin Brodeur will start in net tonight for the New Jersey Devils. The Devils goalie will make his first start in almost three weeks.
Brodeur injured his shoulder making a diving save against the Los Angeles Kings on October 13, shelving him for six games. He revealed that he aggravated a pre-exisiting injury first sustained three seasons ago. Brodeur has been practicing since October 20, and went on the team's Western Conference road trip last week. He knew after practice yesterday he could start tonight.
"I made it more of a contact practice," Brodeur told Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record. "A little more game situations, the power play and guys digging (at) pucks for rebounds and I didn't feel anything. I was able to compete close to my feet with the puck and that was something I had a hard time with not because it was hurting me, it was just that the reflex wasn't there. The last two practices I got that back and I'm excited about it."
It won't be an easy return. The Maple Leafs have 35 goals through their first 11 games, and Phil Kessel leads the league in both points (18) and goals (10).
Brodeur has only played four periods of hockey this season, and feels like tonight is his personal season opener.
"For me, it is," he told Gulitti. "I'm sure for the guys it's not, but for me it's kind of the start of something new. I've been away a long time. Almost three weeks. Especially early in the season like that, it's kind of a tough way to start the season, but this is the way the cards were dropped for me and, hopefully, we'll play some good hockey."
#30 / Goalie / New Jersey Devils
May 06, 1972
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