Devils host Sabres without Brodeur

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Buffalo (7-2-2) at New Jersey (6-2-2), 7:00 pm EDT

NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Devils have

sustained a fair amount injuries. Their latest one will surely

sting a bit more than the others.

Four-time Vezina Trophy winner Martin Brodeur will not play when

the Devils host the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

The 36-year-old future Hall of Fame goaltender left midway

through the second period of Saturday's 6-1 victory over the

Atlanta Thrashers with an elbow injury.

Brodeur seemed to injure his left elbow scrambling to make a

stop during a flurry of traffic in front of the net. He was

scheduled to undergo an MRI and X-rays on Sunday.

Brodeur was credited for the victory against the Thrashers - No.

544 in his career - and now trails Patrick Roy's all-time record

of 551 by seven. He also needs five shutouts to tie Terry

Sawchuk's all-time mark of 103.

His replacement, Kevin Weekes, was extremely sharp and turned

aside 14 of the 15 shots he faced, but the Devils are heading

into unfamiliar territory. Brodeur last missed significant time

from October 28 through November 8, 2005, a span of six games

when the Devils went 2-2-2.

Brodeur has started the Devils' last 56 games (regular season

and playoffs), including all 10 this season. Since 1997-98, he

hasn't played fewer than 4,000 minutes in a season, and has at

least 30 wins in every season since 1995-96.

Already without Bobby Holik, Brian Rolston and defensemen Andy

Greene and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, the Devils' offense

will need to continue its production.

With two more goals Saturday, Zach Parise tied the team record

by extending his goal streak to six games. Holik, Pat Verbeek,

Valeri Zelepukin and Kirk Muller also scored goals is six

consecutive games for the Devils. Holik was the last to do it,

from December 5 to 18, 1998.

Parise, who has seven goals during his streak, leads the team

and ranks second in the NHL with nine goals in 10 games.

Buffalo's Thomas Vanek is the current leader with 11.

Buffalo snapped a three-game losing skid with a 5-0 win over the

Washington Capitals on Saturday. Vanek netted two goals and

Ryan Miller made 29 saves for his eighth career shutout.

Miller leads the NHL with a 1.82 goals-against average, but has

struggled against New Jersey, going 3-6-3 with a 2.52 GAA in 12

career games.



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