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While their opponents in the first series and the style of play were quite different, Martin Brodeur certainly seems to be in a better groove than Ilya Bryzgalov is.
This year's regular season record of the two is pretty close, but there is a different story in recent playoff series.
Last year, Bryzgalov was lit up by the Red Wings as they defeated the Coyotes in four games. He had a 4.36 goals against average and only saved 88 percent of the shots on goal. In this year's first round against the Penguins, the story wasn't much better, a 3.89 goals against average and an 87 percent save percentage.
On the other hand, Brodeur had a 2.06 goals against average in the series with the Panthers and recorded a 92 percent save percentage. In the 2010 playoff series versus the Flyers, he saved 88 percent and had a 3.01 goals against average.
Despite his age, Brodeur is capable of carrying his team through a series. On the other hand, Bryzgalov can have really bad streaks.
The Devils would seem to have the advantage here.