With back-to-back games this weekend, the New Jersey Devils decided to rest Martin Brodeur during Saturday’s action so he would be ready for Sunday. The move backfired on New Jersey during a 5-1 loss that saw the Devils fall to 10-4-4 on the year. You can’t expect Brodeur to play every game and Johan Hedberg has been a starting goalie in the National Hockey League before but during a season where every point means something, I don’t know how you can rest Brodeur much.
Hedberg has now played in five games for the Devils this season, giving up a little more than two goals per game. I’m not questioning the ability of Hedberg because he has actually been better than his career average of goals against this year but this season had to be one where Brodeur played 40 of the 48 games I thought. Brodeur has already sat for five games now so unless the Devils really trust what Hedberg can do, I would expect to see Brodeur out there most often than getting a night off every third game or so.
Nobody knows how many seasons are left for Brodeur and with the team’s strong start, hope goes up that the team can go out and win another Stanley Cup. If that is going to happen though, Brodeur needs to be out on the ice for as many of the remaining games as possible because New Jersey is a much bigger and more confident team with Brodeur in net. The teams in the Eastern Conference should already be prepared for the conference title to go through New Jersey.