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Brodeur gets the call against Boston

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils

Martin Brodeur will be in net Wednesday when the Devils host the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center.

In his fourth straight start, Brodeur will be facing the defending Stanley Cup champs for the first time this season. Johan Hedberg made 33 saves in the Devils' 4-3 loss at Boston on Nov. 15, when Benoit Pouliot broke a 3-3 tie with 3:01 to go in reguation.

"Marty's our starting goalie, has been since Day 1, has been for 20 years here," said coach Peter DeBoer. "We've managed the schedule right from the first day of the season that when the schedule gets hectic, when we're in back-to-back situations, we feel that it's an opportunity for Heddy to play. He's been outstanding for us and given us some great efforts.

"We feel comfortable with both guys. If you look at our schedule, especially in March, I think we've got 17 games in 32 days, we're going to need both guys. We're going to keep them both sharp."

Brodeur and the Devils are looking to bounce back from Monday's 3-2 overtime loss in Ottawa. Daniel Alfredsson's power-play goal in the extra session punctuated the Senators' rally from a 2-0 third-period deficit.

The Devils (21-15-2) did pick up a point for the 10th time in their last 13 games (9-3-1), but saw their lead erased by Erik Condra's shorthanded goal with with 6:43 to go in regulation.

New Jersey has allowed a League-high 12 shorthanded tallies, something DeBoer has worked to correct.

"We've done a lot of video on it, we've made the players aware of it," he said. "There's been a concerted effort to take more of a conservative approach in certain situations, I think we've been getting that. [Condra's goal] wasn't one of those cases. We weren't giving up a breakaway or a 2-on-1. It was a 1-on-2 rush with a shot down the wing where the guy got some room because it hit a linesman's skate.

"If we're sitting here talking about a breakaway goal, a 2-on-1 goal, then obviously what we're trying to do hasn't addressed it. But you have to look at the individual play. I think there has been an effort to try and clean up that area. Last night wasn't one of those cases."

Adam Henrique was named NHL Rookie of the Month for December, becoming the first Devil to claim the honor since Brian Rafalski (Feb. '00), and first Devils forward since Scott Gomez (Nov. '99).

Henrique posted five goals, eight assists for 13 points and was a +9 in 14 games. 

"He's been great," DeBoer said. "Well deserved. It's a great accomplishment considering the guys you're going up with in this League every month on a rookie basis, with what [Ryan] Nugent-Hopkins is doing and some of the other guys in the League. He's been great for us and we haven't had a drop off. He's been doing it consistently. I know he won it this month, but he's going on two or three months of very good hockey for us."

• Twelve players took part in Tuesday's limited practice: forwards Ryan Carter, Eric Boulton, Mattias Tedenby, Jacob Josefson, Tim Sestito and Cam Janssen; defensemen Henrik Tallinder, Adam Larsson, Kurtis Foster, Matt Taormina and Mark Fayne. Hedberg was the lone goaltender.

For Josefson (clavicle), it was his second team skate since resuming on-ice workouts. He's been out of action since Oct. 21, but said he's pleased with the pace of his recovery. Watch the video here.

• Devils goaltending prospect Scott Wedgewood will start for Canada in their semifinal matchup with Russia at the World Junior Championship on Tuesday night.

NHL Network U.S. will televise Sweden-Finland live at 5 p.m. ET, then Canada-Russia at 9 p.m. ET.

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