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.
Tonight’s goaltending match-up is Curtis McElhinney vs. Martin Brodeur. #CBJ going with the hot goaltender on back-to-back nights.
— Rob Mixer (@RobMixer) December 10, 2013
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 NorthJersey.com 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.