Tampa Bay (4-3-3) at New Jersey (6-3-2), 7:00 pm EST
NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) — The New Jersey Devils are about
to find out what they are made of without their star goaltender.
Hampered by a plethora of injuries, the Devils will try to
figure out a winning formula with Martin Brodeur on the shelf
when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.
New Jersey was without its 36-year-old future Hall of Famer
during Monday’s 2-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, but it was not
until the following day the team learned Brodeur will miss at
least three months due to surgery to repair a distal bicep
muscle in his left elbow. The procedure is scheduled for
Brodeur’s absence on Monday marked the first time in 57 games
dating to last season he did not start. It also was only the
21st time in his career he did not dress for a game.
Since 1997-98, the 36-year-old Brodeur has played in at least 70
games every season. Last campaign, he appeared in all but five
of the Devils’ 82 regular-season games, posting a 44-27-6 record
with a 2.17 goals-against average.
Kevin Weekes was stellar in goal against the Sabres, turning
aside 28 of the 30 shots he faced. However, the Devils did
little to help him – especially in the first period, when they
were whistled for five penalties and outshot, 20-3.
While Brian Rolston, Bobby Holik and defenseman Andy Greene
continued to miss time, New Jersey also was without blue-liner
Paul Martin on Monday due to upper body soreness. His status
for Wednesday is questionable.
Carrying a ton of offensive weight on his shoulders, Zach Parise
had scored in six straight games, but that streak came to an end
as Ryan Miller posted his second straight shutout for Buffalo.
Tampa Bay, which is 2-1-0 away from home this season, opens a
five-game road trip in this one and hopes to extend its winning
streak to four.
The Lightning, who are coming off a 3-2 shootout victory over
the Ottawa Senators, have been propelled by captain Vincent
Lecavalier of late. He netted his sixth goal in Saturday’s win
and has five points – three goals and two assists – in his last