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Brodeur starts Saturday in Boston

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 1:39 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Brodeur starts Saturday in Boston
Brodeur starts Saturday in Boston



Martin Brodeur
will be back in goal for the Devils when they visit Boston on Saturday.

It will be the first start in four games for Brodeur, who last played last Thursday in Ottawa. Cory Schneider started three in a row, including Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to Vancouver.

Brodeur is ready to get back at it.

"I've been working hard the last week and a half," he said at Friday's practice. "Hopefully it's going to pay off in the game."

On Thursday, the Devils (1-5-4, 6 pts) picked up one point to remain unbeaten in regulation on home ice (1-0-2). But they'll be seeking their first win in eight road games when they take on the Bruins at TD Garden.

"We all know how good they are, how big, how strong, and how good their goalie [Tuukka Rask] is," Brodeur said. "It's going to be a big challenge. I think offensively we're going to need to be on the ball. They allowed 39 shots [Thursday] against San Jose, so we'll try to expose it a little bit and get ourselves playing [well]. If we don't play well, it's going to be a tough game for us so we need to bring our 'A' game to Boston."

The road has offered little comfort during the tough start, leaving the Devils 0-5-2 away from home after Tuesday's 4-1 setback in Columbus.

Brodeur hopes that changes Saturday.

"Look at Vancouver – they've been on the road for how long," Brodeur said. "They find ways to get points and scramble wins here and there. A hockey team, that's the way you should be built is how you perform on the road. We've always had a really good road team because of some of the systems we've had in the past. It's been more difficult lately.

"We just have to find our identity when we play on the road to be a tougher team to play against. On the road, you have to hang around, hang around. That's what Vancouver did."

Brodeur sees the glass half-full: the sixth-place Devils are just five points behind Carolina for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

"Every night now, we've put ourselves in that situation, but you look around, there's still teams behind us, there's still teams not far in front of us in our division," Brodeur said. "You just have to keep at it. Hopefully big games like [Saturday], that could change things around a bit if you get a good performance."

They managed that much against the Canucks, outshooting the visitors, 17-7, in the third period, but couldn't regain the lead after Daniel Sedin's tying goal.

Bryce Salvador (personal reasons - death in family) will miss his second straight game. Ryane Clowe remains sidelined.

• Friday's limited practice included Brodeur, Peter Harrold, Jaromir Jagr, Jacob Josefson, and Mattias Tedenby.

Jagr practiced stickhandling and shooting with weighted pucks that he said each weigh about as much as three pucks.

"Kids, don't try this at home," he joked.

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  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