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NHL starting goalies: Martin Brodeur to start for New Jersey Devils vs Columbus Blue Jackets

Martin Brodeur will get his second consecutive start for the New Jersey Devils when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets this evening. This will also be the 41-year-old’s third start in five games, and it will be his 18th contest of the season. He beat the New York Rangers by a 4-3 final on Saturday, and made 21 saves.

That performance was considered strong enough to keep Cory Schneider on the bench for the time being.

The Devils have been forced to rotate the two goalies because of their ferocious schedule lately. They haven’t had a full practice since November 19, and Brodeur spoke to Tom Gulitti of about how tough the lack of extra reps can be for netminders:

It’s been hard on us a little bit, but it’s understandable. We need rest. We’ve played so much hockey. It’s normal that we’ve been doing that… It’s tough because with goalies we need to see a lot of people moving, a lot of interaction like when you play a game. Drills are drills, but you don’t get a good feeling. It works on your conditioning and all that stuff, but your game timing is different. That’s why practice time, for a goalie, is kind of important.

Meanwhile, the Jackets are coming off of a tough one-goal loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins last evening.

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