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After 12-game absence, Brodeur backs up Hedberg for Devils tonight

Mar 19, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

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Martin Brodeur will return to the New Jersey lineup tonight — in a reserve role.

The 4o-year-old ‘tender will back up Johan Hedberg as the Devils take on the Rangers in New Jersey, the first time Brodeur will be on the active roster since suffering a pinched nerve on Feb. 23.

After missing 12 games, Brodeur now feels healthy enough to return in a backup role.

“I’ve been given the OK and that’s the way we’re going now,” he told NHL.com after participating in his second consecutive practice on Tuesday.  “It’s been fun the last two days being in the room and knowing what’s going on a little bit.

“When you’re injured, you’re always on the side doing your own thing, so it’s nice to be back.”

Brodeur said he expects to be back starting on Thursday when the Devils travel to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes.

The team has struggled with Brodeur out of the lineup, posting a 3-7-2 mark over the last 12 games — a far cry from the red-hot 10-3-4 mark it posted to start the season.

Brodeur is 8-2-3 this year with a 2.27 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and one shutout.

  1. martyb30 - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Woohoo!! Welcome back, man! We have sorely missed you…

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Mike, you should make a slight correction; The 4o-year-old….

    Great to see Brodeur is getting close to starting again. Devils need him to make a run in the playoffs. They could have another good run if everyone is healthy come playoff time.

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