Brodeur yielded three goals on seven shots before a circuit breaker malfunction suspended play against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday. He then got the nod in a 29-save, 2-1, overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Lemaire admitted the recent workload was the reason he decided to sit Brodeur for the final 29:12 of their game against the Lightning, who hold a 3-0 lead in the contest.
"It's more that Marty has been playing a lot," Lemaire told the media. "It's not three games in three nights, but it's the focus that takes energy and this is a lot. He had good work (Saturday) night. He was quite busy, so we have to do it."
Danis is 3-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .929 save percentage this season. Brodeur made his 22nd straight start and 29th straight appearance against the Canadiens on Saturday. Danis last saw action on Dec. 19, relieving Brodeur after one period in Atlanta and giving up just one goal in what became a 5-4 Devils victory.
Danis will have to be perfect if the Devils are to have any hope of a comeback, as the game will resume with 9:12 remaining in the second period and the visitors holding a commanding three-goal cushion. He's 2-1-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .966 save percentage all-time against the Lightning.
"It's only because they were leading, 3-0, we were playing Montreal after and to give (Brodeur) a rest," Lemaire said. "We're trying to find him rest at different times and that was an opportunity."