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McKenna recalled from Albany (AHL)

Devils make emergency recall following Brodeur setback

Friday, 11.19.2010 / 11:38 AM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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McKenna recalled from Albany (AHL)
The Devils recalled goaltender Mike McKenna today under emergency conditions while awaiting further word on the status of Martin Brodeur’s right elbow.

Brodeur aggravated the injury in last night’s 3-1 loss to the Maple Leafs. He collided with Toronto’s Mike Brown late in the second period and was relieved by Johan Hedberg to start the third.

Brodeur returned to New Jersey last night for reevaluation. The Devils close out their three-game road trip tomorrow night in St. Louis.

The original injury happened in Chicago on Nov. 3, when a Patrick Kane shot found an unprotected spot on Brodeur’s right elbow. He was forced to miss two games, then returned to start the next three.

Brodeur has said he ices the elbow multiple times a day, and has begun wearing the same padded elastic sleeve used by NBA players. He also had a padded flap stitched onto his chest protector. He has used the same model for years because he says it offers him better flexibility than today's styles.

This is the second recall in less than two weeks for McKenna, who backed up Hedberg in a shootout loss to Buffalo on Nov. 10. He's 2-4-0 in seven appearances with the Devils' AHL affiliate.

Stats and facts
-- Patrik Elias leads the Devils with 11 points, including six in the last six games. He had two assists in 5-3 win at Chicago, 5-4 shootout loss to Buffalo and 4-3 overtime win over Edmonton.

-- David Clarkson has registered a team-leading 57 shots in 19 games. That's more than half the 106 shots he recorded last season, when a leg injury limited him to 46 appearances.

-- Jason Arnott has lit the lamp for a team-leading six goals, and is the only Devil with as many as two on the power play. New Jersey’s home power play ranks sixth overall with five goals in 20 opportunities (25%). On the road, the power play comes in last with one goal in 36 chances (2.8%).

-- Dainius Zubrus has a goal and an assist in three games since snapping a six-game points drought. He’s currently tied for fourth in team scoring.

-- Alexander Vasyunov has four points in his first 10 NHL games, including a goal and two assists in his last four outings. He set up Zubrus for the lone New Jersey goal in Thursday’s 3-1 loss at Toronto. Vasyunov, who skated on the top line with Zubrus and Ilya Kovalchuk, leads the Devils with a plus-3 rating. He was the Devils’ second-round pick, 58th overall, in 2006.

-- Andy Greene has shouldered the bulk of the blueline workload, and averages a team-leading 23:07 of ice time. He’s logged over 27 minutes twice this season, most recently 27:39 versus Edmonton on Nov. 12.

-- Rod Pelley and Travis Zajac have each won 55.8% of their draws to tie for the team lead. Zajac has won 179 of 321, Pelley 87 of 156. Arnott has prevailed in 109 of 213 (51.2%).

-- With not even a quarter of the season complete, the Devils have logged nearly half as many man games lost to injury as they did in all of 2009-10. Just 19 games in, Devils players have missed a total of 110 games: Matt Taormina (two games, ankle), Jamie Langenbrunner (three games, neck), Zach Parise (seven games, knee; out three months following arthroscopic surgery), Jacob Josefson (nine games, hand surgery), Mark Fraser (15 games, hand surgery), Bryce Salvador (19 games, concussion), and Anssi Salmela (19 games, knee surgery).

There were 259 man games lost to injury last season when several players were sidelined for substantial stretches: Paul Martin (59 games, forearm), Zubrus (30 games, leg; one game, illness), Clarkson (36 games, ankle/lower body), Elias (13 games, groin; 10 games, concussion), Jay Pandolfo (17 games, shoulder).

Pandolfo, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Devils, has signed a pro tryout agreement with the Springfield Falcons (AHL). He played 13 NHL seasons – all in New Jersey – scoring 99 goals, 124 assists in 819 career games.