NHL notebook: Brodeur awarded start for Yankee Stadium game

Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils takes part in practice the day before the outdoor game...

Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils takes part in practice the day before the outdoor game against the New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium on January 25, 2014. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP)

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New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer has opted for the "right-thing-to-do perspective."

Saturday, a day before the Devils face off against the New York Rangers in an outdoor game at Yankee Stadium, DeBoer told reporters Martin Brodeur would be getting the call in net.

The decision wasn't necessarily based on recent on-ice performance, DeBoer said. It's a respect thing.

"It really was an easy decision from a right-thing-to-do perspective," DeBoer said. "He's done so much in his career with the Devils and also he's played some excellent hockey for us this year."

In the leadup to the potentially once-in-a-lifetime experience, Corey Schneider has been stellar between the pipes. New Jersey's other netminder has cooked up a .961 save percentage and 5-1-2 record in his last eight starts, including a 30-save win Friday night over the Washington Capitals.

"The tough part was that Cory was on a little bit of a roll," DeBoer added. "He had been almost unbeatable the last five or six games, so that threw a little bit of a wrench into the thinking, but at the end of the day, this was the right thing to do, and both guys handled it professionally."

NO RECORD FOR CLASSIC?

Stop the presses.

The 2014 Winter Classic, trumpeted as the most-attended hockey game ever, apparently did not set a record, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The Jan. 1 game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings sold 105,491 tickets. In 2010, Michigan State and Michigan universities played in front of 104,173.

However, due to inclement weather and U.S.-Canada border delays, thousands didn't enter the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mi., for puck drop. Once the New Year's Day game began, stadium staff stopped scanning tickets for efficiency purposes.

The guidelines agreed upon between the NHL and Guinness said tickets would only be counted if scanned.

DEREK ROY IN DOGHOUSE

Derek Roy hasn't scored in 18 games. This as a major problem.

St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock expects much more from Roy, a skilled forward making $4 million this season. After benching the 30-year-old Thursday, which turned out to be a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers, Roy was back in the lineup Saturday versus the New York Islanders.

"We need to see him as a better player," Hitchcok told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"He's no different than anybody else. When you sit out, it's because we expect more. You can mask it with just calling it (a numbers game). But at the end of the day, if you want to get back in, you've got to play better."

Roy has 31 points in 48 games this year. In his best offensive season, in 2007-08, the Ottawa native notched 32 goals and 81 points.

St. Louis is Roy's fourth team in three seasons, having spent 2011-12 with the Buffalo Sabres, then 2012-13 with the Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks.

'GOTTA FIND A WAY TO WIN'

The Washington Capitals are reeling.

Once a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference, Washington is having a season to forget. Their performance of late is pushing them further away from a potential playoff spot.

"We've just gotta find a way to win a game," Capitals forward Jason Chimera told the Washington Post following the team's 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils Friday.

"Gotta find some goals. It seems like we have to get a shutout to win a game. We've got to find a way to do it. If desperation doesn't set in then we're in trouble, that's for sure."

The Capitals (22-21-8) have managed to score more than one goal only once in their past seven outings. They've lost five in a row and 14 of their last 18 games.

BRIEFLY

Forward Mikael Samuelsson has been waived by the Detroit Red Wings. The 37-year-old veteran has three points in 26 games this season ... The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled defenceman Cody Goloubef from its AHL affiliate in Springfield. Goloubef has racked up six goals and 20 points in 41 games on the farm this season ... Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen, sidelined since Dec. 15 by a concussion, will be back in the lineup Sunday ... The Dallas Stars have demoted forward Dustin Jeffrey to its AHL affiliate in Austin. Jeffrey was placed on waivers Wednesday and went unclaimed ... The New Jersey Devils have demoted forward Joe Whitney to its AHL affiliate in Albany. Whitney played his first NHL game Friday against the Washington Capitals ... Defenceman Shane O'Brien has been waived by the Calgary Flames. O'Brien has three points in 45 games this season.


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