will be in Nashville on Saturday. Whether he'll be in goal for the New Jersey Devils
is another question.
The Devils say their injured goalie traveled with the team to Tennessee on Friday, but he's not likely to play in Saturday's game against the Predators. Brodeur didn't practice with the team; goaltending coach Chris Terreri
served as the second goaltender.
Backup Johan Hedberg
, who relieved Brodeur after the first period Thursday night and got the win in the Devils' 2-1 shootout against Los Angeles, reportedly is likely to start Saturday, and the Devils are off until next Friday when they host San Jose.
Goalie - NJD
GAA: 3.00 | SVP: 0.900
"If it was a do-or-die situation, I'm sure we might consider something different," coach Peter DeBoer
told the Bergen Record. "But it doesn't make sense right now to rush this and Heddy's ready to go and played well. There's no good time for this to happen, but this is as good a time as there is."
Brodeur Thursday's game after the first period because of a right shoulder injury. He tweaked the shoulder with about 8 minutes left in the first period when he landed awkwardly while diving across the crease to stop a shot with his blocker. Brodeur finished the period but didn't come out for the second. He said later that he lost stretch in his arm and had trouble holding his stick. Hedberg played the final 45 minutes and the shootout.
"It felt better, but not for me to practice, that's for sure," he told the Record. "It's still pretty sore. There's definitely improvement from yesterday, just like I expected. I kind of hurt it more than I usually tweak it, so the process of getting back to be 100 percent might take a little longer, but I'm happy that it's reacting that way. I would have been worried if it had been a lot more sore, but that's not the case. But it's sore still."
Hedberg is 2-0-0 this season with an NHL-best 1.14 goals-against average. Brodeur lost the Devils' season-opener against Philadelphia.
"We know that when Heddy steps in, he does a great job," forward Patrik Elias
told NJ.com. "It's nice to have both goalies that you can count on. We know that Marty is capable and you know what Heddy has done for us for a couple of years. No one doubts that he will do his job."