Martin Brodeur has turned back the clock for the New Jersey Devils in his last thee outings. He pitched a 3-0 shutout against the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday, sending a longtime rival even further into the depths of an awful season and has only allowed two goals in his last three games.
Folks waiting for arguably the greatest goalie in the history of the game to finally cave are going to have to watch just a bit longer, it appears.
DeBoer says Brodeur will start Sunday vs. Nashville
— Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) November 8, 2013
New Jersey traded for Cory Schneider at the draft, giving up the ninth-overall selection to acquire the goalie of the future. That time doesn’t appear to be quite here yet though. Schneider hasn’t been particularly outstanding to this point as the Devils have struggled mightily in front of him.
Standing at 4-6-4 wouldn’t be a positive in any other division in the NHL, but the Devils don’t have a whole lot of ground to make up in the crummy Metropolitan Division. They’re currently only four points behind the resurgent New York Rangers for the final guaranteed playoff spot in the Division, placing a bit of extra emphasis on the upcoming tilts against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nashville Predators.
That sets the stage for what could be an important early-season matchup against the Rangers on November 12.
Who knows what the constantly shifting playoff picture will look like by that point in New Jersey. Just know that Brodeur will continue to be a factor in the outcome of big-time games until he finally decides to hang up his skates once and for all.