Martin Brodeur: The Stuff You Don't Know (And Might Not Need To)
With Brodeur passing Patrick Roy for most all-time wins, the NHL has offered up reams of need-to-know information on the Devils goalie, such as:
•Brodeur never surrendered a goal, at least in the regular season, to Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman. Brodeur limited Detroit's No. 19 to just six assists in 12 head-to-head games.
•Wayne Gretzky averaged less than a point per game against Brodeur, with 17 points in 18 games.
•Jaromir Jagr leads all players with 17 goals (in 59 games) against Brodeur. Philadelphia's Simon Gagne and former Flyer Eric Lindros are tied for second at 16 goals.
•The third win of Brodeur's career, on Oct. 8, 1993, came against Olaf Kolzig, who played for Tampa Bay this season before being sidelined by injury (and then was traded to Toronto at the deadline). Brodeur recorded more wins against Kolzig (15) than any other netminder.
•The ninth win of Brodeur's career came at the expense of the man he passed for the all-time mark: a 4-2 win over Roy's Canadiens on Dec. 8, 1993. All-time, Brodeur was 9-8-0 versus Roy.
• Mark Recchi and Rod Brind'Amour are tied for most points against Brodeur, with 32.
•Hey, Rick Bowness: Get back behind the bench. Brodeur is 13-0-0 against the former Jets, Senators, Islanders and Coyotes coach. (Don't laugh, Curt Fraser: He's 10-0-2 against you.)
•Brodeur has a losing record against just one team: the Vancouver Canucks (6-9-2). He's 7-7-1 versus Detroit.
•Chris Terreri is second behind Brodeur in minutes played among Devils goalies, but there's a pretty good gap – about 42,000 minutes (or about 700 games). Brodeur is at 58,374 minutes and counting in the New Jersey net; Terreri will be forever at 16,581.
•Surprisingly – or not, considering the ever-defensive Devils – the most saves Brodeur has made in a regular season game is 45, in a 2-2 tie against Florida on April 10, 1994.
•Finally, the forgotten men: Brodeur's backups, with games played since the start of the 1993-94 season (Brodeur's rookie campaign):
Martin Brodeur, 987 games
Chris Terreri, 97 games
Scott Clemmensen, 65 games
Mike Dunham, 41 games
Corey Schwab, 24 games
Kevin Weekes, 23 games
John Vanbiesbrouck, 9 games
J-F Damphousse, 6 games
Peter Sidorkiewicz, 4 games
Jeff Reese, 3 games
Rich Shulmistra, 1 game
The NorthLeast Division
How about this scenario? The Canadiens keep sliding, right out of the playoffs, replaced by the Florida Panthers. That would result in three Southeast Division teams in the post-season (Washington, Carolina, Florida) and just one Northeast club (Boston).
Then again, it's just as likely that Montreal makes the playoffs and the Buffalo Sabres displace Carolina – meaning three Northeast teams and just one Southeast squad.
Mason To The Max
They're feeling pretty good in Columbus right now, and deservedly so. The Blue Jackets are closing in on their first-ever post-season berth; pretty exciting stuff for franchise mainstays and playoff neophytes such as Rick Nash and Rostislav Klesla.
But keep an eye on Steve Mason. The rookie netminder, the leading candidate for the Calder Trophy and perhaps the Vezina and Hart, too, has been one busy 20-year-old. Since being called up from the American League in early November, Mason has started 49 of 58 games through mid-March, and that includes a stint on the sidelines with mononucleosis.
In other words, Mason has played nearly every game for which he's been available. And while he's coming off a 3-1-0 week against the likes of Detroit, San Jose, Boston and Pittsburgh, Mason has surrendered three or more goals nine times in his past dozen games.
The 69th overall draft pick in 2006, Mason played 62 games for London (OHL) in 2006-07, plus another 16 in the playoffs. But he's never seen more than 45 games of action in any other season – at least not since Jr. C in 2004 – and he's never seen anything quite like the NHL regular season stretch drive.
Sam McCaig is The Hockey News' senior copy editor and a regular contributor to THN.com. His blog appears every weekend and his column, From The Point, appears regularly.
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