Brodeur confirmed his availability following the team's practice at Prudential Center in Newark, but coach Peter DeBoer would not commit to Brodeur starting against the Hurricanes.
GAA: 2.27 | SVP: 0.911
Brodeur told Rich Chere of The (Newark) Star-Ledger he is happy to be back, but he didn't want it to look like Johan Hedberg was the cause of the team's recent struggles. New Jersey has won three of its past 13 games to fall to ninth in the Eastern Conference with 13 wins and 32 points.
Brodeur was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 24 when an MRI exam revealed he had sustained a pinched nerve in his neck and upper back that was causing numbness in his shoulder and arm.
For the season, Brodeur is 8-2-3 with a 2.27 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and one shutout. He is the NHL's all-time career leader among goalies in games played (1,204), victories (664) and shutouts (120).
Hedberg had made a personal-best 13 straight starts. He started every game in Brodeur's absence and was 3-8-2. In 17 games this season, the 39-year-old is 5-9-3 with a 2.73 GAA, .886 save percentage and one shutout.