Martin Brodeur is set to start in net on Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes after missing almost a month due to a back injury.
Brodeur was activated off of Injured Reserve as he was reported as “OK” enough to backup Johan Hedberg. Prior to being activated, he returned to practice earlier in the week in anticipation of returning to the starting role late in the week.
Brodeur’s return was one that has been very needed for the New Jersey Devils. Although it will not cure their loss of goal scoring, it should give the team some momentum. Brodeur is very well liked in the locker room, his return to the team in last nights loss did not go unnoticed. The team overall played better, despite the loss. A few unlucky bounces and plays stole the game from the Devils.
Brodeur had a very strong season prior to the injury. In 13 starts he went 8-2-3, with a 2.27 goals against average, .911 save percentage, and one shutout.
Brodeur is 37-15-6 in his career against Carolina with a 1.96 goals against average, a .913 save percentage, and nine shutouts. Brodeur will hopefully continue his success against the Hurricanes in Thursday’s game, and bump the Devils up into playoff contention.
In Other News:
Andrei Loktionov returned to practice today and could play Thursday. He missed the last two games due to an undisclosed injury.
Alexei Ponikarovsky did not make the trip down to Carolina as he was diagnosed with a lower body injury. He left in the second period in Tuesday’s game against the Rangers and did not return. He is currently listed as day-to-day.
Mattias Tedenby returned to practice with the Albany Devils after suffering a gruesome cut to his face. He was injured on Feb. 15 when a skate sliced open his face. He also had an infection in the hospital that pushed back his recovery time.