The New Jersey Devils will have Martin Brodeur back in uniform versus the Penguins tonight in Pittsburgh after the goaltender said he had “zero” pain in his elbow. Brodeur will dress as the club’s backup goaltender, as Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice reports.
The decision to dress Brodeur was made following the team’s morning skate, where Brodeur declared himself capable of playing the role of backup tonight:
“It felt OK again, so that’s been two practices… I’ve been working and doing what I need to do to be effective on the ice, so that’s why we decided it was fine.”
Brodeur could start a game as early as Friday in Ottawa, Gulitti reports. The addition of Brodeur back into the fold in New Jersey has to be encouraging, although, as Jonathan Willis pointed out prior to the elbow injury – goaltending has been a part of the struggle in New Jersey even when Brodeur was playing everyday. Granted, it’s been a near complete “power outage” that’s derailed the Devils on most nights.
Also noted by Gulitti is John MacLean’s decision to go with 7 defencemen tonight, meaning Matt Corrente will be back in the lineup.
Johan Hedberg will be the starter for the Devils.