Youth must be served, so the saying goes, but don’t tell that to the two wily veterans who will occupy the opposing nets Saturday night when the New Jersey Devils meet the Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum.
For the visitors, there is future Hall of Fame member Martin Brodeur. The Lightning will send out Dwayne Roloson, who at 42 is the oldest active player in the NHL.
“Playing against Roloson makes me feel good,” the 39-year-old Brodeur said. “I’m not the oldest for a change. He’s a great goalie and anytime you face a great goalie you always want to play well. Dwayne and I have had our share of battles through the years.”
Roloson, coming off a 33-save 4-1 win Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins, was somewhat less philosophical.
“It doesn’t matter at all to me who is the other goalie,” Roloson said. “I don’t have to deal with him. Our players have to deal with him.”
Ryan Malone returns to the ice for the Lightning Saturday night, after missing four games with an upper-body injury.
The Lightning are currently riding a six-game home win streak and enter Saturday’s game with the NHL’s top-ranked home power play at 28.0 percent.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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