Philadelphia (33-17-10) at New Jersey (40-19-3), 1:00 p.m. EST
NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) — Martin Brodeur has been stellar
since returning from a four-month absence. He also has gotten
plenty of offensive support.
Looking to notch a third straight win, Brodeur and the Devils
host the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday in a battle of Atlantic
A four-time Vezina Trophy-winner, Brodeur missed 50 games after
tearing a distal biceps tendon in a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta
Thrashers. In his return on Thursday, he made 24 saves in
blanking the Colorado Avalanche, 4-0.
In New Jersey’s 7-2 triumph over the Florida Panthers on
Saturday, the 36-year-old was not tested, needing to make only
Devils coach Brent Sutter has wasted no time in helping Brodeur
shake off any rust, electing to start him for the third time in
four days with this contest.
Brodeur posted his 546th career win and needs six more to
surpass Patrick Roy’s mark for first on the all-time list.
All-Star Zach Parise has recorded eight goals and seven assists
in his last nine games.
Coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on
Friday, Philadelphia will welcome back Daniel Briere, who was
activated from injured reserve on Saturday.
The oft-injured 31-year-old, who underwent abdominal surgery
last month, has missed the last 36 games with the lingering
effects of a groin strain. He underwent exploratory surgery on
An 11-year veteran, Briere has played in just nine games this
season, registering five goals and nine points.
The Flyers have won five of their last seven and are 1-0-2
against the Devils this season.