Brodeur was initially expected to get the nod, the four days he spent away from the team last week following the death of his father, Denis, changed the plans. In a somewhat surprising move, Devils coach Pete DeBoer opted to go with Cory Schneider in goal against the Penguins because New York is playing back-to-back games. The Rangers open at home Friday against the Islanders.
DeBoer felt Brodeur could use an extra day to prepare and the 41-year-old veteran agreed. The future Hall of Famer appeared in only two preseason games and knew he wouldn't be playing both games, regardless.