Since the Devils have had a few days off between the Philly game and the Montreal game tomorrow night, I thought I would talk about a few news worthy items that are making headlines with the Devils right now.
Paul Martin – Lamoriello had mentioned this week that Paul Martin is not ready to start practicing with the team. Martin has been skating on his own but still has half a cast on his arm. With only 4 games before Christams, its doubtful we will see him before then. If the Devils send a defenseman down to Lowell (or waivers but I don’t think they’ll go that route) before midnight on Saturday, this could be a sign that Martin is ready to return durning the roster freeze. Given the success the Devils have had over the last month and a half, I am still axious to get Martin back into the lineup.
Martin Brodeur – Is going to have a special mask for the “Jersey Throwback” night on March 17th. The mask Brodeur will wear will be a replica of the mask he wore in his first NHL game. That mask was all red except for stickers—white background with “Devils” in red letters—on each side. Did you know Marty is the only member on the Devils to have worn the original “Christmas Tree” jersey?
Marty is expected to play against Montreal tomorrow night which would tie him with Patrick Roy for the NHL record for number of games played by a goaltender at 1,029. I would hope that the Devils give Marty the night off on Friday vs the Senators because the Thrashers and Penguins games following the Sens are games I want to see Marty in.
That’s it for now..we will get back to our game previews tomorrow as the Devils welcome Scott Gomez and the Montreal Canadiens to The Rock. In the pre-season I had mentioned this as a game I was excited about because of the Gionta and Gomez reunion but Brian Gionta has been out since November 13 with a broken foot, so we’ll have to wait until next time.