Darryl Sutter of the Los Angeles Kings has always been one of the straightest shooters in the NHL, and he didn’t mince words one bit following his team’s loss to the New Jersey Devils last night.
L.A.’s head coach has been impressed with the combination of Martin Brodeur and Cory Schneider so far this season, and went as far as to say that the duo form the best goaltending tandem in the NHL.
Sutter spoke to reporters following the contest, and L.A. Kings Insider picked up this little tidbit:
Tough to score. They have the best goaltending in the league over there. We just witnessed it last week.
That’s some high praise from the coach who typically is able to roll out Jonathan Quick 65 times a year.
After staring the season 0-4-3, Martin Brodeur has turned back the clock and started playing like he is 29 again.
He’s a perfect 5-0 in his last five contests, and sports a save percentage of .952 during that span. After it looked like the season was a lost cause for the Devils after a miserable start, they’re right back in the thick of the playoff hunt because of their strong goaltending.
Schneider hasn’t been quite as outstanding as his ageless counterpart, but he’s been solid. Sutter isn’t the only one that has noticed New Jersey’s strength in net, and other members of the Devils seem to know where their source of strength has been over the last few weeks.
Jagr on Martin Brodeur, who’s won five straight and seven of eight: “Probably the best goalie in the League right now.”
— New Jersey Devils (@NHLDevils) November 21, 2013
The Devils will try to continue their string of outstanding play tomorrow when they take on the San Jose Sharks.