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FLYERS: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Previewing the Devils Goaltenders

In the third and final position preview for the Philadelphia Flyers and the New Jersey Devils’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, my focus today is on the most important position on this Devils team: their goaltender. First, let’s take a quick glimpse at New Jersey’s goaltending situation:

GOALTENDERS

Starter: Martin Brodeur

Back-up: Yann Danis

Who to watch in goal for the Devils:

  1. Martin Brodeur. Did you really think that there was going to be any other goaltender even remotely mentioned in this post? Aside from listing him as the back-up to Brodeur, it’s hard to believe that we’ll ever hear Yann Danis’ name in this series. On the flip side, if we ever do, it will probably mean the sky has fallen in New Jersey and the Flyers are on their way to the next round. OK, all kidding aside, let’s get down to business on quite possibly the best in the business. Marty Brodeur is one of those kind of athletes that really needs no introduction. If you hear the guy’s name, the words “respect” and “legend” immediately come to mind, and for good reason: Brodeur is arguably the best player to ever tend goal in NHL history. This season, Brodeur once again proved that he is conceivably getting better with age. Marty led the NHL with 45 wins, going 45-27-6 on the 2009-’10 campaign. His goals against was a very mortal 2.24 and he was slightly above average with a .916 save percentage. Still, Brodeur has a lot to prove in this series. For one, there have been many questions leading up to this year that perhaps Brodeur is over-worked in the regular season, leading to a fatigued performance in the playoffs. This could be true, as evidenced by New Jersey’s first round loss last season to the then sixth seeded Carolina Hurricanes. Regardless, it’s hard to imagine Brodeur won’t be chomping at the bit to restore his legacy against one of his franchise’s most fiercest rivals. The Flyers will certainly keep the 37-year-old on his toes; it’s a matter of Brodeur responding to the challenge and playing well that will determine ultimately whether or not the Devils will advance.

Statistical Leaders for the Devils Goaltenders

GAMES STARTED: Martin Brodeur (76)

MINUTES: Martin Brodeur (4,499)

WINS: Martin Brodeur (45)

GOALS AGAINST: Yann Danis (2.05)

SAVE PERCENTAGE: Brodeur & Danis tied at .920

SHUTOUTS: Martin Brodeur (9)

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