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Reports: Brodeur unlikely to play Friday

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Martin Brodeur's status for the New Jersey Devils' game against San Jose on Friday reportedly is up in the air. Brodeur missed practice Tuesday to have his injured right shoulder examined by a doctor.

Devils coach Pete DeBoer said he did not want to speculate about the nature of the injury Tuesday without more information.

"It would just be an uneducated guess right now, so I'm not even going to go there," he said, according to ESPNNewYork.com.

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DeBoer said it was "possible" Brodeur could dress Friday against the Sharks, but that appears unlikely unless he can resume skating Wednesday. DeBoer and GM Lou Lamoriello both said they want Brodeur to have a few days of practice first before returning to play.

"He didn't practice today, and if he doesn't (practice) tomorrow, he certainly won't," Lamoriello said of Brodeur playing Friday, according to the Bergen Record. "So there's a good chance of him not (playing Friday)."

Since the Devils also play Saturday night in Pittsburgh, it would appear likely that Brodeur might not dress for that game as well.

Brodeur suffered the injury making a diving stop in the first period of the Devils' 2-1 shootout win against the Kings last Thursday. He was replaced by Johan Hedberg after the opening period, then did not dress Saturday against the Predators in Nashville.

The Devils recalled AHL goaltender Keith Kinkaid from Albany on Tuesday -- Kinkaid backed up Hedberg in the Devils' 3-2 shootout win in Nashville.

Hedberg is 3-0-0 with a 1.41 goals against average and a .945 save percentage so far this season.
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