“He was on the ice today for a little while and came off,” Lemaire said, “so he should go back on tomorrow.”
Johan Hedberg has replaced him the past three games, giving up four goals in winning all three games. New Jersey has posted a 12-1-2 record in its last 15 games to give it a faint hope of making the playoffs for a 14th straight season after a dismal start to the year that eventually cost coach John MacLean his job.
“He wanted to (skate),” Lemaire said, “because he felt better.”
The Devils, who have not played since beating San Jose, 2-1, on Friday, will play the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers in Newark on Wednesday and Friday, respectively. They will face Carolina on the road again on Saturday. Hedberg will probably start all three.
“It’s what I do for a living,” Hedberg said. “I’m told to play, I’ll play.”
Veteran forward Brian Rolston said that Brodeur will be back when he is ready.
“Whoever we practice with is our guy,” Rolston said. “Heddy has been awesome for us, and we expect him to continue to be awesome for us. We feel very confident with him and when Marty comes back, Marty comes back.”