Brodeur’s bruised elbow keeps Devils goalie out against Rangers

NEWARK, N.J. – Devils goalie Martin Brodeur will miss Friday night’s game against the New York Rangers with a bruised right elbow.

Johan Hedberg will start against the Rangers. Jeff Frazee was called up from Albany of the AHL and will serve as Hedberg’s backup.

Brodeur was injured Wednesday at Chicago when he was struck by a shot by Patrick Kane. He left New Jersey’s 5-3 victory in the second period and didn’t return.

Brodeur practised with the team Friday morning and expected to play that night, but felt a sharp pain when he tried to swat away a puck to the stick side.

“I thought I was going to be able to play,” Brodeur said after the morning skate. “When I first went on the ice, I really thought I was going to be OK, and it’s a couple of little things I have to do with my stick. If it was the glove side, I would have been OK to play, but because I have to hold my stick, it’s a little too painful.”

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Brodeur said his elbow is feeling better than it did on Wednesday.

“If I took the morning off, I probably would have played tonight, but I needed to go on and see how I felt,” Brodeur said.

Colin White is also sitting out Friday night because of the flu, and fellow defenceman Alexander Urbom has been called up from Albany to take his place. New Jersey will have defenceman Anton Volchenkov in the lineup after he missed 12 games with a stiff neck and broken nose sustained against Washington on Oct. 9.