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Brodeur to start Saturday against Florida

Friday, 02.10.2012 / 3:30 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Brodeur to start Saturday against Florida


 
Martin Brodeur returns to action Saturday, when the Devils host Florida for a 1 p.m. matinee at Prudential Center.

Brodeur was back at practice Friday after being scratched from Thursday's shootout loss to St. Louis. Jeff Frazee was recalled from Albany (AHL) under emergency conditions to back up Johan Hedberg, who made 23 saves in the defeat.

Brodeur tweaked his ankle in a collision with Ryan Callahan on Tuesday. He blanked the Rangers 1-0 to notch his first shutout of the season in dramatic fashion, but missed practice the next day.

He has felt a noticeable improvement since then.

"Night and day," Brodeur said. "Almost all of the swelling is down. That was what prevented me from moving it around as much as I wanted. Now a full-tilt practice here, I didn't miss a beat, so it's good."

Coach Peter DeBoer was relieved that Brodeur's setback proved to be minor.

"You watch the play back, it's kind of an awkward-looking play," DeBoer said. "You can see where he tweaked his leg. Anytime something like that happens, you worry about worst-case scenario. Thankfully, we didn't have to deal with that."

The Devils' (31-19-4) winning streak ended at five games against the Blues, but DeBoer's squad has collected points in a season-high seven straight (5-0-2). Sunday brings another chance for them to gain separation in the conference standings. 

The Panthers (25-17-11), currently third in the East by virtue of their Southeast Division lead, have been battling Washington to stay out of ninth place. Florida is 4-3-3 in its last 10 games.

"These points are crucial, not just for us, but for them," Brodeur said. "They're coming off a big win against L.A. [Thursday] night. It'll be a big challenge for us to bounce back. We played, I thought, pretty well [against St. Louis], coming back from an emotional win against New York. We have to step it up and even play better. Their D are going to be something that we're going to have to watch, and their big line [Tomas Fleischmann-Stephen Weiss-Kris Versteeg], also."

• Hedberg and Dainius Zubrus had rest days and did not practice.

• Forward Ryan Carter (hand) was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb. 2.

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  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

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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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