Luongo drawing in against Slovenia?

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:13 AM ET

INNSBRUCK, Austria -- So, does Martin Brodeur really want to play goal in a game against Slovenia in which he might get 12 or 13 shots?

"I've been playing 12 years in games with 12 shots," laughed the New Jersey Devils netminder. "I like to play in those games. Less shots. Less goals."

The Slovenians managed 16 shots in losing 7-0 to the Americans here yesterday.

Brodeur, who gave up four to Latvia the night before, will probably get to decide if he wants to take the tilt off to rest up for the big one against the U.S. on Thursday, or if he wants to keep his hand in it to continue to get a feel for the game on the big European ice surface.

"Marty has had a pretty good career and he knows what he needs to do," said coach Marc Habscheid after practice here yesterday.

"What Marty says will go a long way."

Brodeur says it's up to Habscheid.

"It's not my feeling that I have to play every game," said the national netminder, adding it's important to keep Roberto Luongo ready to play, too.

"I want to talk to Marc. I feel good enough not to have to play another game. I'm getting more confident on the bigger ice."

Habscheid says they'll make the decision today.


Videos

Photos