Devils coach Brent Sutter said after tonight's 4-0 win over Colorado that he did not know yet whether Martin Brodeur will start the team's next game on Saturday afternoon against the Florida Panthers.
He's going to wait until Friday to make that decision.
“I’m not going to go there tonight with that because I want to see where he’s at tomorrow and how he feels and then we’ll made a decision for Saturday and worry about Saturday,” Sutter said. “I go day to day with the decision making on games. We’ll see where Marty’s at tomorrow and make a decision for Saturday.”
Tonight's game was Brodeur first since he tore a biceps tendon in his left arm on Nov. 1.
On the Devils' second goal -- a power play tally by Patrik Elias 8:43 into the second period that made it 2-0 , defenseman Paul Martin said he shot the puck wide on purpose -- at the suggestion of Zach Parise before the faceoff that preceded it.
"Zach came up to me and said don't be afraid to shoot it short side or miss the net," Martin explained. "They do a good job of getting in the shooting lanes and I saw (Travis Zajac) over there in front, so I figured why not? I don't know if (Parise) got the assist, but he should have because he was the one who came up with the idea."
Martin's shot went wide left, hit the end boards and bounced back in front to Elias, who backhanded it into the net. I initially thought that Zajac might have helped the puck get in front, but Zajac said afterward that he missed the puck and Parise ended up with the secondary assist on the goal.
"I missed the net a little more than I wanted to, but it ended up all right," Martin said.
Zajac still sounded stuffed up from the cold and sinus congestion that's been bothering him this week, but played through it and had a goal and two assists tonight.
"I was saying I should be sick more often," Zajac said. "I actually felt really good today. Our line played well. We were all moving our feet and forechecking hard and I think that's what we got our goals from."
The line of Parise (one goal, two assists), Zajac and Jamie Langenbrunner (one goal, one assist) combined for eight points on the night.