Martin Brodeur's return could help spark New Jersey Devils

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur (left) gives instructions to backup Johan Hedberg against the Jets...

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur (left) gives instructions to backup Johan Hedberg against the Jets at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Feb. 24, 2013. (ADAM HUNGER/Reuters)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:21 PM ET

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur practised Monday for the first time since going out with a back issue Feb. 24 and could be back Thursday when the Devils face the Carolina Hurricanes.

Brodeur's potential return could be the single biggest impact for a team in this weird season.

Consider this: The Devils were 8-2-3 with him in goal and challenging for top spot in the Eastern Conference.

In has absence, Johan Hedberg is 3-7-2 and will start Tuesday when the Devils face the New York Rangers.

Brodeur told reporters a pinched nerve was causing numbness in his shoulder and arm.

It was a pain somewhere else for the Devils, who were in seventh place in the East going into last night's games.


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