The struggling Devils could have Martin Brodeur back in goal Wednesday night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs. And following a disappointing road trip, the New Jersey Devils are likely excited about what’s waiting for them at home.
But is Brodeur ready to face this Leafs team coming back from injury?
The 39 year old was hurt Oct. 13 making a diving stop against Los Angeles in the first period. He finished the period and was replaced by Johan Hedberg, who has gone 2-3-1 with a 2.61 goals against average and a shutout during Brodeur’s absence.
Although Brodeur reported no problems following Monday’s practice, the four time Vezina Trophy winner did admit to being more conscious about the injury.
“I don’t feel any limitation or anything, but mentally knowing I hurt my shoulder, I’m hesitant to do certain things.”
Despite getting over the mental aspect, the NHL’s all time leader in wins and shutouts deemed himself ready to play after practice Tuesday.
Brodeur, who went 1-2-0 with a 3.00 GAA last season against the Maple Leafs.
Toronto (7-3-1), meanwhile, has typically been getting the results DeBoer covets.
The Maple Leafs had won two in row before a 3-2 loss to Ottawa on Sunday. Clarke MacArthur scored both goals for Toronto, which has yet to lose consecutive games.
Phil Kessel, who leads the Leafs with 10 goals and 18 assists, didn’t record a point Sunday for just the second time in 11 games. He had two goals and an assist as Toronto went 2-1-1 against the Devils last season.
Jonas Gustavsson, who has gone 2-2-0 with a 3.03 GAA in starting the last four games for Toronto, posted a 1.00 GAA in winning his two starts against New Jersey in 2010-11.
Toronto Maple Leafs – Jonas Gustavsson
New Jersey Devils – Martin Brodeur
With how the Devils have been playing and not getting the goals they should be from Ilya Kovalchuk. You have no choice but to take the surging Leafs here at +125
Toronto Maple Leafs +125 (5 UNITS)
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