Brodeur ready to back up Hedberg

New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) is injured during first period NHL hockey action...

New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) is injured during first period NHL hockey action against the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal, February 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Christinne Muschi)

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New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will be back on the bench for Friday's game against the New York Rangers as the backup to Johan Hedberg.

Brodeur has missed the team's last four games with a sprained knee, an injury he sustained on February 6 during the first period in Montreal. Hedberg has backstopped the Devils to five straight wins, although Brodeur was credited with the victory against the Canadiens despite sitting out the final two periods.

The three-time Stanley Cup winner practiced with the team earlier this week and participated in Friday's morning skate. He could make the start for Saturday's crucial matchup in Carolina, but will probably again serve as the backup. The Devils enter Friday's action 12 points behind the Hurricanes for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Brodeur owns a record of 13-19-2 with a 2.74 goals-against average in 38 games this season. He missed time in November and December with an elbow injury.

The Devils sent goaltender Mike McKenna back to Albany. McKenna had served as Hedberg's backup in Brodeur's absence.


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