I’d be lying if I said I was looking forward to this game. But as a close Ranger’s fan mentioned to me, he had nearly a decade of losing to the Devils – so this is just some payback.
While I agree with what he says, I don’t like it!
In any event, there is a silver lining to this game: the Devils will see the return of Brian Gionta and Bryce Salvador to the lineup. Tom Gulitti confirmed both players skated in Tuesday’s practice and both players made statements they were ready to play. Brian Gionta said “After sleeping and coming back, I felt tight. It was a pretty good impact. Things kind of tightened up.” Bryce Salvador also claimed things just didn’t feel right on Sunday, but an X-Ray has come back negative and he too is ready for Wednesday’s match up.
Devils will still be without Paul Martin who is up on Injured Reserve and probably won’t be back until after the upcoming Home and Home series against the Washington Capitals Friday the 14 and Saturday the 15.
Some Brodeur Notes:
Brodeur is bored and visited the team on Tuesday at practice. Apparently he was playing with a mostly torn tendon in his arm before it completely ripped back on November 1. He spends his time watching TV and not much else. If you interested in reading how his tendon rolled up and flipped over (which personally the thought gives me the hebe jebies), check out this article by Rich Chere.
The aforementioned article also mentions that Brodeur’s cast may come off as early as the end of the week, but his arm must remain immobile for the next weeks around his elbow.
He has also been encouraged by some who have mentioned he could start working out in as early as two months, but he admits that isn’t very likely; Brodeur will most likely not see action until March.