With the New Jersey Devils on the ropes and looking for answers, Cam Janssen and Martin Brodeur are providing boosts from unlikely places. Janssen was toiling in the AHL a few days ago prior to the injury to Jon Merrill, and now he’s scored two uplifting goals for a Devils team that’s digging for positive storylines in what has been a tough year so far.
The winger scored a marker in his first game back in the NHL as the Devils downed the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 on November 7. The other performance worth of note in that contest was that of Brodeur, who posted his 122nd career shutout by making 22 saves against the hapless Flyers.
While it was a nice touch on an important win, the net still belonged to Cory Schneider at the end of the night. He was dealt a tough shootout loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs the following evening, so the Devils went back to Brodeur for Sunday’s contest against the Nashville Predators.
The outcome was the same, and the names that stood out on the score sheet against the Preds matched those that stood out against the Flyers. It was Janssen scoring a goal and boosting his teammates with his efforts. And it was Brodeur with the 123rd shutout of his remarkable career.
While shutouts and Brodeur have become somewhat synonymous, he’s 41 at this point and his best hockey is behind him. Or at least it should be. He’s been phenomenal for the Devils as they try to claw their way back into the Metropolitan Division’s top three. If New Jersey somehow does make it into the playoff, they may look at this mini-point streak as the turning point.