Buffalo (7-2-2) at New Jersey (6-2-2), 7:00 pm EDT
NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) — The New Jersey Devils have
sustained a fair amount injuries. Their latest one will surely
sting a bit more than the others.
Four-time Vezina Trophy winner Martin Brodeur will not play when
the Devils host the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.
The 36-year-old future Hall of Fame goaltender left midway
through the second period of Saturday’s 6-1 victory over the
Atlanta Thrashers with an elbow injury.
Brodeur seemed to injure his left elbow scrambling to make a
stop during a flurry of traffic in front of the net. He was
scheduled to undergo an MRI and X-rays on Sunday.
Brodeur was credited for the victory against the Thrashers – No.
544 in his career – and now trails Patrick Roy’s all-time record
of 551 by seven. He also needs five shutouts to tie Terry
Sawchuk’s all-time mark of 103.
His replacement, Kevin Weekes, was extremely sharp and turned
aside 14 of the 15 shots he faced, but the Devils are heading
into unfamiliar territory. Brodeur last missed significant time
from October 28 through November 8, 2005, a span of six games
when the Devils went 2-2-2.
Brodeur has started the Devils’ last 56 games (regular season
and playoffs), including all 10 this season. Since 1997-98, he
hasn’t played fewer than 4,000 minutes in a season, and has at
least 30 wins in every season since 1995-96.
Already without Bobby Holik, Brian Rolston and defensemen Andy
Greene and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, the Devils’ offense
will need to continue its production.
With two more goals Saturday, Zach Parise tied the team record
by extending his goal streak to six games. Holik, Pat Verbeek,
Valeri Zelepukin and Kirk Muller also scored goals is six
consecutive games for the Devils. Holik was the last to do it,
from December 5 to 18, 1998.
Parise, who has seven goals during his streak, leads the team
and ranks second in the NHL with nine goals in 10 games.
Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek is the current leader with 11.
Buffalo snapped a three-game losing skid with a 5-0 win over the
Washington Capitals on Saturday. Vanek netted two goals and
Ryan Miller made 29 saves for his eighth career shutout.
Miller leads the NHL with a 1.82 goals-against average, but has
struggled against New Jersey, going 3-6-3 with a 2.52 GAA in 12