Martin Brodeur did not make the trip to Toronto and will not be in goal for the New Jersey Devils against the Maple Leafs on Monday. The 40-year-old netminder has been out for a week with a sore back. He was eligible to come off injured reserve tomorrow, but it appears later on in the week may be a more likely return date for Brodeur.
The future hall-of-famer has a career record of 22-18-7-3 against the Leafs with a 2.58 goals against average and a .903 save percentage, along with three shutouts. The Devils currently sit in seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, just one point behind the Leafs. Backup goalie Johan Hedberg is likely to get the start.
The Leafs, who had a rare Saturday night off, are coming off a 5-4 overtime win against the New York Islanders on Thursday. Nazem Kadri led the way with his first career hat-trick and Dion Phaneuf scored the winner in the extra frame. Toronto will be looking for a better effort than their last game on home ice, when they were defeated 5-2 by the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.