New Jersey (7-3-2) at Detroit (8-2-2) 7:00 pm. EST
DETROIT (Ticker) — Kevin Weekes has been up to the task of
replacing Martin Brodeur, but he will be put to the ultimate
test on Saturday when the New Jersey Devils clash with the
defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.
The Devils’ four-time Vezina Award winning goaltender had
surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon on Thursday and will be
out until February. Brodeur was injured last Saturday against
Atlanta while making glove save on a shot that was going wide of
New Jersey turns to Weekes in hopes that he can help it tread
water until Brodeur returns.
The 33-year-old has been solid in two starts since Brodeur went
down, and will try and help the Devils to their first win in
Detroit in nearly 12 years. He stopped 24 shots in a 4-3
shootout win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
However, Weekes may not fare as well in this one. He is 0-6-0
with one tie and a 4.60 goals-against average vs. Detroit. That
doesn’t bode well for the Devils, who have lost seven straight
road games to the Red Wings.
New Jersey hopes it can end that streak against a Detroit team
that may be rusty following a six-day layoff. The Red Wings have
not taken the ice since a 3-2 win over Vancouver on Sunday.
Henrik Zetterberg scored one of Detroit’s three power-play
The Red Wings have not lost to New Jersey here since a 2-0
setback on November 6, 1996. It is the first meeting at Joe
Louis Arena since 2005.