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Brodeur not about to change a thing

Thursday, 02.26.2009 / 11:51 AM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Brodeur not about to change a thing
Brodeur was all smiles while speaking to the press Thursday morning at Prudential Center.
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newjerseydevils.com – It's been awhile since Martin Brodeur has had to follow his gameday routine.

Brodeur hasn't played since injuring his elbow on Nov. 1 against Atlanta. Following surgery and rehab, Brodeur spent the past week practicing with the Devils and determined Wednesday that he was ready. 

He'll be back between the pipes Thursday night, when Jersey's Team hosts Colorado at Prudential Center.

For all the buzz regarding his return, Brodeur said he's doing his best to take it all in stride.

"I’m trying to make it just another day," Brodeur told reporters Thursday morning. "That’s the bottom line. I can’t let myself get overwhelmed by the situation. I’m happy to be back and I know it’s going to be a different feeling. I feel it now, just being at the rink and knowing I’m going to play tonight. I haven’t had that feeling in a while. After today, it’s going to be old news. I’m just going to take it all in and be as ready as I can to do well tonight."

And even though he's coming back to the lineup after missing 50 games, the four-time Vezina Trophy winner isn't about to change a thing.

"There’s nothing that I’m going to do differently than the prior 14, 15 years," he said. "Get a nap in, have a good meal. Sleep, get up and come back – it’s pretty simple."

Brodeur's quest for history has been on hiatus since November, but now the wins watch resumes. With 544 career victories, he needs seven to match Patrick Roy's all-time record (551) and isn't afraid to discuss it.

"It’s a pretty great thing," Brodeur said. "I was excited earlier this season to talk about it and try to achieve it. Now it’s coming up in seven, eight wins from now. It is what it is, and I’m OK to deal with it. But right now it’s not something that I’m looking forward to; I’m looking forward to getting back to playing hockey and being comfortable in the nets and getting myself ready for the playoffs.

"It will come. It was definitely disappointing to have a big halt in my season, like it happened on Nov. 1, but now I’m back and I’ll try to stay healthy. I’m not going to not talk about it. It is what it is, and I know I’ll have to answer questions [about the record] as we get closer and closer."

The Devils entered Thursday's contest holding a four-point lead for first place in the Atlantic Division. Second-place Philadelphia, which visits Newark on Sunday, has gone 7-2-0 in its last nine.

Where some predicted New Jersey would struggle without their No. 1 goalie, the Devils have won 14 of their last 18 and sit two points behind Washington for second place in the Eastern Conference.

"I feel I’m OK to go out and meet the challenge," Brodeur said. "I’m confident in my abilities and I’m really confident in the way that the team is playing. Watching them, I’ve been really excited to get back in there and be a part of what they’ve accomplished in the last four months while I was gone."

Brodeur cautioned that the regular season's final stretch can be daunting. Now that he's back, he'll be going head-to-head with clubs trying to scratch and claw their way into a postseason berth. Still, Brodeur sounded positive about New Jersey's prospects.

"I’m coming into a season at one of the toughest points, and I understand that," he said. "I know the last 20 games are the hardest points to get in the NHL. It’s easy to play well early on. The toughest part is this stretch because you’re playing teams that are desperate to make the playoffs, fighting for positioning, fighting for top spots. It makes it hard. I know it’s a situation that will be tough a little bit, but I feel with what I can bring and the team the way it can play, we’ll be alright."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59