When Martin Brodeur went down with injury, everybody thought the season was over for the Devils. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, the Devils should now be considered front-runners for winning the Stanley Cup.
Now I know this sounds like madness, but hear me out. In hockey all you need to do for a shot at the Cup is make the playoffs. The great thing is that when Marty does come back and April rolls around, he will actually be rested.
Instead of coming off of a 70+ game season he will be coming off a season playing nearly half that.
The fact the Brodeur was over-worked the past few seasons has been one of the reasons why the team has faltered the past few years in the playoffs.
Take a healthy Brodeur, add in a balanced scoring attack, and an above average defense anchored by Paul Martin, and the Devils have a great shot at winning that fourth cup.