New Jersey Devils
goalie Martin Brodeur
, who has missed the last three games with a non-operable right knee sprain, was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb. 6, by General Manager Lou Lamoriello.
Although Brodeur is eligible to return to the lineup Wednesday against the Carolina Hurricanes
at Prudential Center, that scenario is highly unlikely as Brodeur was just placed on IR on Tuesday.
Brodeur was injured on Feb. 6 in Montreal when his right leg got caught under him while making a save on Tomas Plekanec
. He missed six games in 2005-06 when he sprained the same MCL in the same knee.
At the time of the injury, Brodeur gave no timetable for his return.
"I really don't know," Brodeur told reporters on Sunday. "It could be maybe three or four days or it could be another week. I don't know, but I don't think it's something that could be a lot longer. But I can't pinpoint what I'm going to be able to do and what they're going to want me to do when I come back, too."
Despite the fact Brodeur has missed time, his team has won four straight. Backup Johan Hedberg
has stopped 81 of 85 shots while allowing just four goals in three games in Brodeur's absence. As far as the even bigger picture, the Devils are on a 12-1-2 run and playing their best hockey of the season.
"I like the feeling I have playing lately," Hedberg told The Bergen Record. "I talk about this all the time. It's how I feel when I play and I think I'm thinking the right way and playing with the patience I want to. Sometimes (the puck) finds a way in anyway, but I like the poise I've had."