Welcome party for Marty

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

The last thing you need during a drought is a sponge.

And the last thing the Edmonton Oilers need, after scoring just two goals in their last 130 minutes of hockey, is a visit from Martin Brodeur and the New jersey Devils.

But every one of them is looking forward to the future Hall of Famer's first visit to Edmonton in six years.

Sure, Brodeur soaks up scoring chances like virtually no other goalie in league history, but scoring slump or not, the Oilers are fired up about a chance to challenge the best.

"It'll be pretty cool, shooting on him," said Andrew Cogliano, adding he'll be tempted to keep the puck if he puts one past the Olympic gold medallist and three-time Stanley Cup champion. "It would be pretty fun to score on him, that would be pretty cool."

Sam Gagner was four years old when Brodeur broke into the NHL. Scoring on the legend would mean just a little more than on anyone else.

"Definitely," said Gagner. "Obviously he's one of the best of all time. Scoring on him would be pretty gratifying, but I can't approach it that way. I have to approach it as just another game."

Against the most celebrated goalie he might ever shoot on, knowing Brodeur and his teammates are going to be steaming after their 5-0 loss in Dallas.

"We just have to get pucks to the net and try and test him as much as possible," said Gagner. "Try and get bodies in front of him. The less he sees the puck the less of a chance he has to stop it."

Like they would against anyone else, which is important. As good as Brodeur is, Shawn Horcoff cautions against coming into the game with any sort of awe factor.

"That's what good goalies do, they make you wait that extra second to try make sure you're making the perfect shot, and a lot of times that's not what you want to do," said Horcoff. "You want to get the shot up as quick as you can. Good goalies, when they're set, it's going to take a perfect shot to score. You want to get pucks to the net when they're moving laterally.

"But he's one of the elite goalies to ever play the game. He just seems so focused out there, like you're never going to get an easy goal on him."

You usually don't. Which could be cause for concern for a team that's only scored twice in its last two games.

But to hear them tell it, scoring just one goal in each of their last two games is not so much a sputtering offence, but rather the by-product of adjusting their style against Vancouver and Dallas, games that ended 1-1 after regulation and OT. It's a game that might come in handy against the Devils.

"It wasn't lost on us preparing for these three teams at home that they historically don't give up a lot," said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. "I've liked the fact we've been able to feel comfortable playing in those games."

Being able to adapt, says Cogliano, is a good sign.

"We can score goals, but when crunch time comes we showed we can play pretty well under pressure," he said. "It shows the composure of the team. When you play different teams you have to adjust. We're only scoring one goal, but we were only giving up one, so that's what's important.

"They're known for not giving up too much, so we have to create our own chances and our own opportunities, and when we get a good chance, we have to score."

Same as they do against Miikka Kiprusoff and Robert Luongo.

"In our division there are a lot of good goaltenders, so goals are always hard to come by," said Fernando Pisani. "At the same time we need to get in those tough areas and battle because with those types of goalies you're not going to score on the first shot, you're going to get them on the rebound.

"It'll be fun. It's always fun to play guys like Brodeur, just so you can say you played against them. And hopefully score, so you can say that, too."


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