Brodeur turning back the clock with strong play in Devilsí net
At the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the team went out and traded for goaltender Cory Schneider. Not only did this show that the Devils were thinking about the future of their franchise, but they were also thinking about the now.
The club was thinking about the present because they were not quite sure what they were going to get out of Brodeur. Brodeur missed some time last season with an injury and at 41 years of age, the team probably was not sure how his body would hold up in a grueling 82-game season.
While Brodeur’s play early in the season showed that the Devils’ brass was right to acquire Schneider during the off-season, his recent play between the pipes might have them thinking that he is drinking from the fountain of youth. Not only are the Devils’ starting to win some games, but they are doing it because of the play of Brodeur.
In 10 games this season, Brodeur is 5-3-2 with a 2.08 goals against average, a .913 save percentage and two shutouts. Not bad for someone who might be playing his last year in the league, eh?
Brodeur’s numbers did not look this way in the beginning of the season, but the way he has played in his last three games has really changed them for the better. While Brodeur has won his last three starts, he has done much more than that.
For starters, Brodeur has shown that he can still stop the puck. In his last three games, Brodeur has stopped 70 of 72 shots and picked-up two consecutive shutouts in the process.
The NHL’s all-time leader in wins by a goaltender was especially good on Tuesday night in his team’s 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers. Brodeur stopped 33 of 35 shots and was the main reason why his team was able to escape Madison Square Garden with two big points.
Secondly, Brodeur is showing that his body can handle the workload. While none of the last three games were back-to-back, they were within a span of six days and Brodeur managed to stay in shape both physically and mentally to get the job done for his hockey club.
Lastly, Brodeur’s strong play between the pipes has given his team confidence to do what they need to do in front of him. In his last three starts, the team has scored 11 goals and has shown that they are willing to take chances creating offense because they know that Brodeur will bail them out.
Retirement may still be around the corner for Brodeur but with the way he is playing right now, the Devils might want to make sure that he stays between the pipes for as long as his body will allow him to.