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Brodeur gets the call against Boston

Tuesday, 01.3.2012 / 3:53 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Martin Brodeur will be in net Wednesday when the Devils host the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center.

In his fourth straight start, Brodeur will be facing the defending Stanley Cup champs for the first time this season. Johan Hedberg made 33 saves in the Devils' 4-3 loss at Boston on Nov. 15, when Benoit Pouliot broke a 3-3 tie with 3:01 to go in reguation.

"Marty's our starting goalie, has been since Day 1, has been for 20 years here," said coach Peter DeBoer. "We've managed the schedule right from the first day of the season that when the schedule gets hectic, when we're in back-to-back situations, we feel that it's an opportunity for Heddy to play. He's been outstanding for us and given us some great efforts.

"We feel comfortable with both guys. If you look at our schedule, especially in March, I think we've got 17 games in 32 days, we're going to need both guys. We're going to keep them both sharp."

Brodeur and the Devils are looking to bounce back from Monday's 3-2 overtime loss in Ottawa. Daniel Alfredsson's power-play goal in the extra session punctuated the Senators' rally from a 2-0 third-period deficit.

The Devils (21-15-2) did pick up a point for the 10th time in their last 13 games (9-3-1), but saw their lead erased by Erik Condra's shorthanded goal with with 6:43 to go in regulation.

New Jersey has allowed a League-high 12 shorthanded tallies, something DeBoer has worked to correct.

"We've done a lot of video on it, we've made the players aware of it," he said. "There's been a concerted effort to take more of a conservative approach in certain situations, I think we've been getting that. [Condra's goal] wasn't one of those cases. We weren't giving up a breakaway or a 2-on-1. It was a 1-on-2 rush with a shot down the wing where the guy got some room because it hit a linesman's skate.

"If we're sitting here talking about a breakaway goal, a 2-on-1 goal, then obviously what we're trying to do hasn't addressed it. But you have to look at the individual play. I think there has been an effort to try and clean up that area. Last night wasn't one of those cases."

Adam Henrique was named NHL Rookie of the Month for December, becoming the first Devil to claim the honor since Brian Rafalski (Feb. '00), and first Devils forward since Scott Gomez (Nov. '99).

Henrique posted five goals, eight assists for 13 points and was a +9 in 14 games. 

"He's been great," DeBoer said. "Well deserved. It's a great accomplishment considering the guys you're going up with in this League every month on a rookie basis, with what [Ryan] Nugent-Hopkins is doing and some of the other guys in the League. He's been great for us and we haven't had a drop off. He's been doing it consistently. I know he won it this month, but he's going on two or three months of very good hockey for us."

• Twelve players took part in Tuesday's limited practice: forwards Ryan Carter, Eric Boulton, Mattias Tedenby, Jacob Josefson, Tim Sestito and Cam Janssen; defensemen Henrik Tallinder, Adam Larsson, Kurtis Foster, Matt Taormina and Mark Fayne. Hedberg was the lone goaltender.

For Josefson (clavicle), it was his second team skate since resuming on-ice workouts. He's been out of action since Oct. 21, but said he's pleased with the pace of his recovery. Watch the video here.

• Devils goaltending prospect Scott Wedgewood will start for Canada in their semifinal matchup with Russia at the World Junior Championship on Tuesday night.

NHL Network U.S. will televise Sweden-Finland live at 5 p.m. ET, then Canada-Russia at 9 p.m. ET.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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