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Brodeur's comeback trail ends as Devils host Avalanche

Colorado (28-32-1) at New Jersey (38-19-3), 7:00 p.m. EST

NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Martin Brodeur's long comeback

trail is likely to end.

After suffering a devastating injury four months ago, the

four-time Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender is expected to start

for the New Jersey Devils Thursday, when they host the Colorado

Avalanche.

Brodeur's return to the starting lineup seems imminent after the

Devils activated the three-time Stanley Cup winner from injured

reserve Wednesday.

The 36-year-old has been sidelined since November 1, when he

tore a distal biceps muscle in his left arm against the Atlanta

Thrashers.

To make room for the future Hall of Famer, New Jersey sent

goaltender Scott Clemmensen to Lowell, its affiliate in the

American Hockey League.

The Devils optioned Clemmensen even though he has exceeded

expectations in Brodeur's absence. He is 25-13-1 with a 2.39

goals-against average, helping them take control of the Atlantic

Division.

New Jersey, which is coming off a 4-0 loss to the New York

Islanders on Saturday, has a six-point lead over Philadelphia.

Colorado, meanwhile, has dropped two in a row following a

three-game winning streak.

The Avalanche are 4-for-38 on the power play in their last nine

games.

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