Some fans are going to like this. A lot probably won’t.
Pete DeBoer seems to be running with the goalie that has come out the winner (notice how I didn’t mention the better goalie or the statistically better goalie).
Tom Gulitti confirmed today that Martin Brodeur will be starting tomorrow night against the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia.
Brodeur has won all three games he has played in since the Olympic Break. He is now 16-11-4 with a 2.54 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage on the 2013-14 NHL season.
Brodeur has played at the Wells Fargo Center (where he will be playing tomorrow night) this season and posted a 22-save shutout. He has faced the Flyers 3 times this year and is 1-1-1 with a .944 SV% and a 1.33 GAA.
Despite being undefeated since the Olympics, Brodeur is still posting lackluster numbers. With this team, it is always hard to tell if it is the goalie’s fault or not, but the numbers still bear the same weight regardless.
Brodeur has a .893 save percentage and a 2.67 GAA since the Olympics. But hey, if he keeps winning, who cares about stats?
Back to the statement about whether it is his fault or not, in losses he has a 3.33 GAA and a .867 save percentage compared to a 1.81 GAA and .927 save percentage in wins.
When you compare to Cory Schneider, Brodeur has certainly been getting the goal support. Regardless, Schneider has had his fair share of struggles coming out of the break as well and that cannot be ignored.
The Devils need wins now and Schneider’s .824 save percentage out of the break doesn’t help. Yes, his numbers are slightly over dramatic due to the 7 goals he gave up against Detroit.
As much as we say that we can’t look to the past with Brodeur, citing Schneider’s pre-Olympic 1.85/.926 doesn’t help with their situation right now. If Brodeur is the hotter goalie getting the wins and putting up better numbers, he should be the one out there until Schneider usurps him again.
Both will get their fair share of time due to the nature of the schedule and the fact that they still have a few back-to-back sets remaining.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.