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Martin Brodeur is having a good season statistically, but Devils fans know that he's really starting to look like his old self out there. In his past six starts, though going only 4-2-0, he stopped 150 of 156 shots, good for a 1.0 GAA and a .962 save percentage.
Because of that, it'll be tempting to have Brodeur play the majority of the remaining games. However, the Devils would be wise to give Brodeur some time off.
The man is 39 years old and regardless of how he looks, he's going to need more rest than he used to in order to be prepared for the postseason. Post-lockout, Brodeur has started 73-plus games four times. In those seasons, Marty had 180 regular-season wins and 12 postseason wins.
Brodeur's by no means the only one to blame for early playoff exits, but it's clear that he simply can't keep playing that much in the regular season and still be good to go for the playoffs.
Likewise, he can't miss too much time, either, as seen in the 2008-09 playoffs, when Brodeur missed the majority of the season and gave up two goals in the span of 40 seconds at the end of Game 7 to lose the first-round series.
In the coming games, the Devils will need to find a balance. Johan Hedberg is a fully capable backup, and coach Pete Deboer should seriously consider giving him a number of starts. He should get at least three, and hopefully something more like five.
It's nothing against Marty, it's simply logical: players need rest. And the older you are, the more rest you need. So look for Marty to sit out a few of the remaining games, just to make sure he's still got something left in the tank come playoff time.