The New Jersey Devils will take on the Montreal Canadiens tonight, and it will be Martin Brodeur in net. The 41-year-old living legend has started 1,235 games throughout his career, but tonight is likely to be one of the more emotional contests that Brodeur has been a part of.
With New Jersey visiting Montreal, Brodeur will be playing in front of a hometown crowd for the first time since his father passed away on September 26. Denis Brodeur was the longtime team photographer for the Canadiens. Martin spoke to Tom Gulitti of the New Jersey Daily Record about how he was feeling heading into the contest:
There was a lot of history there for my dad, so it’s definitely going to be different than other times that he was alive. But that’s the way it is. When the puck comes at you, you don’t really think about it too much.
Emotional undertones aside, the Devils are looking to get Brodeur back on track. The veteran had been outstanding for a few weeks down the stretch, but hasn’t recorded a victory since November 20. New Jersey is coming off of back-to-back wins with Cory Schneider, and he’s looked phenomenal in his last few starts.
At the other end of the ice, Montreal will try to continue their winning ways. They’ve been posting consistent efforts since mid-November, and have wins in six of their last eight.