Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said he will start again Saturday afternoon against the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center.
It will be his second game since returning from a torn biceps tendon. It also appears possible he will start Sunday afternoon against Philadelphia.
"I'm going to be playing tomorrow, but Sunday I don't know yet," Brodeur said after today's brief practice at Prudential Center. "We'll see how it goes and how I feel. We're going day by day. We're still in that process a little bit. But I'm going to go tomorrow."
Sutter said he's not looking ahead to Sunday's game, yet.
"I'm taking it day to day," Sutter said. "He said he felt really good today. I think Marty played very well last night, but it was one of those nights where it wasn't a real heavy workload. He said he felt good today and the decision is to go back to him tomorrow."
If Brodeur were to play three games in four days right off the bat, that might be pushing it a little bit after a 50-game layoff. But Sutter said he's "not ruling anything out."
"We'll go through another game and we'll see after tomorrow and make a decsion for the next day," Sutter said. "A lot depends on a lot of different factors."
(To left: Weekes during today's practice.)
One intersesting thing to watch is that Sutter did not start Weekes in any afternoon games this season. I don't know if that's only a coincidence, but he once mentioned that a goaltender's track record in afternoon games after there is no morning skate is a factor in his decision-making process. Scott Clemmensen, who is now in Lowell, started and won all four of the Devils' games that began at 5 p.m. or earlier while Brodeur was out.
Brodeur said he felt "good" today on the morning after his first start in nearly four months, a 4-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche. That was career win No. 545 and career shutout No. 99 for Brodeur.
"I felt great this morning," he said. "I woke up early, actually. I drove the kids to school."
He said he did not have any soreness at all.
"No, I felt good," he said. "Definitely, I'm a little tired right now. I went home and sat on the couch for a while (after Thursay's game). .I woke up this morning and I'm so excited to play hockey. It's so new."
Sutter said that Jay Leach and Mike Rupp will again be the healthy scratches on Saturday.