Hedberg will start ... again

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur will be on the bench -- again.

Backup goaltender Johan Hedberg gets his second consecutive start for the New Jersey Devils as they look to snap a two-game losing streak when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night at the Prudential Center. A future Hall of Famer, Brodeur, the NHL's winningest netminder, has given the Devils his blessing to go ahead and play Hedberg regularly if they so choose.

"I talk to my goalie coach. I've told them if they want to play Heddy for a while, that's fine. I don't have a problem with it," Brodeur told the Newark Star-Ledger. "People have a bigger ego than I do about the way I am.

"For me it's important to play well and feel good and have fun doing it. This has been really tough, so I just wanted to take a step back."

Brodeur is in the midst of the worst season of his 17-year NHL career. He currently sports a 5-18-1 record and ranks 39th of 44 eligible goalies in goals against average (3.15) and 44th in save percentage (.882).

Hedberg also has five victories. However, his GAA (2.87) and SV% are higher than Brodeur's. Hedberg stated in the Devils' last tilt, a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, making 16 saves.

According to the Star-Ledger, this is the first time since Jan. 17 and Jan. 20, 2004 that Brodeur will be on serving in a backup capacity for consecutive games.