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Examining the New Jersey Devils goaltenders

by John McGourty

Complete Devils Analysis:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards
Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

Who's No. 1?

Martin Brodeur, the NHL's most-accomplished active goalie, is moving rapidly toward being the NHL's all-time most-accomplished goalie. Brodeur went 48-23-7 in 78 games last season, one short of Grant Fuhr's all-time record for games played. He broke Bernie Parent's single-season record for wins by one. Brodeur led the NHL with 12 shutouts and 4,697 minutes played. He'll tie Terry Sawchuk with his next shutout, his 115th, in combined regular-season and playoff competition. He'll tie Patrick Roy, who has 23 playoff shutouts, with his next post-season whitewash. Brodeur's 494 regular-season victories are second only to Roy's 551. Brodeur holds NHL records with 11 seasons with 30 or more victories and six seasons with 40 or more. His teammates voted him their MVP for the ninth time.

Backup plan

Scott Gomez wasn't the only one crossing the Hudson this summer. Kevin Weekes signed a two-year contract with the Devils after an injury-plagued season with the New York Rangers in which he went 4-6-2 in 14 games with a 3.39 goals-against average and .879 save percentage. Weekes suffered from groin problems early in the season and then was sidelined after Feb. 14 with a strained quad. Weekes is 96-156-38 and has never had a winning NHL season, but has played most of his career with second-division teams. He's an even-tempered, intelligent, supportive teammate who should fit well in the Devils' dressing room and will provide more support for Brodeur.

In the Wings

Frank Doyle Split the goaltending duties at the AHL level last season, going 20-24-4. He’ll return to Lowell this season.

Jordan Parise The brother of Zach Parise played for the Lowell Devils in the AHL last season and was 17-12-2.

Martin Brodeur
Devils' goaltender Martin Brodeur:

"I think, for us, we take a lot of pride in the way we play. I think we’re a lot different than other teams. We don’t try to change; we just try to stay within our system that’s gotten us a lot of success. "                  

1. Brodeur faced 60 shootout attempts last season, the most in the NHL, and stopped two-thirds of them.

2. In nine Stanley Cup playoff games, Weekes has a 3-3 record with a 1.93 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.

3. Parise's 2.14 GAA is the record for North Dakota Fighting Sioux goaltenders.'s 2007-08 Devils Season Preview Package:
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