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Saturday, December 3, 2011
What's wrong with Brodeur?

By Mike Mazzeo

If you’re wondering what’s wrong with Martin Brodeur, you’re not alone.

We’re wondering the same thing.

Brodeur gave up three goals on four shots in 8:17 before being pulled in favor of Johan Hedberg in Friday night’s 4-2 loss to Minnesota.

In his defense, it wasn’t all his fault. After all, you can only bail out Ilya Kovalchuk after he commits a foolish turnover so many times. Still, Brodeur has now given up 12 goals in his last three games on 55 shots -- including six to Colorado in Wednesday night’s blowout.

And as far as goaltender rankings go, he only ranks in the top 10 in the NHL in one category: losses.

His five wins rank 31st. His 3.31 goals-against average rank 36th. His .879 save percentage ranks 38th.

Look, we’ve been down this road before. We made light of all Brodeur’s struggles after he got off to a 5-18-1 start last season and he wound up finishing strong.

Hedberg will start on Saturday in Winnipeg. If he wins, what happens? Does Brodeur concede that he may be better served splitting starts or perhaps, being the backup?

Does Brodeur begin working with coach Chris Terreri again in hopes of reviving his season?

Will it work again?

“The puck doesn’t seem to want to hit me,” Brodeur told reporters Friday.

Not that quote again. It’s recycled from 2010-11.

At the same time, it’s telling.

What's wrong with Brodeur? You tell us: comment below!