Tonight will start for the Devils with a ceremony to honor Martin Brodeur for breaking the NHL wins record on March 17.
When the puck is dropped 13 minutes later, however, Brodeur will be on the bench and Kevin Weekes will be in net facing the Tampa Bay Lightning in what might be the team's biggest game of the season.
The Devils have lost six games in a row and desperately need a win tonight over the last-place Lightning to get headed in the right direction heading into the playoffs. Aftrer tonight's game, the Devils have only four regular season contests remaining.
Weekes said he is not thinking about it as it being on him to break the losing streak.
"I'm not really looking at it that way," he said. "We want to try and play as well as we can and give ourselves a chance to be successful. That's pretty much what I said all year. We can't overthink things and, obviously, we know things won't turn around overnight. We just want to try to play as well as we can within our game plan and when we do that we give ourselves a chance to win. More often than not, we've come out on the right side when we've done that this year."
Nevertheless, this might be Weekes' biggest start in his two seasons with the Devils.
"I don't really look at it that way," he said. "Obviously, we've been on a little bit of a skid here in losing these consecutive games. But, at the same time, at the end of the year, especially when you're in a back-up role, you look at the games that you've played and the games that you won and, give or take, any one of those games could have been the biggest game because the games that we won, we got the two points. So, especially with the race being as tight as it is with the playoffs, who knows? The Columbus game could have been the biggest game or the L.A. game could have been the biggest game.
"Right now, just because we're on this skid, we're not putting any extra pressure on ourselves that way. We just want to play well and I just want to play well and give the team a chance. That's always my objective."
It might seem strange for Weekes, though, to start on Martin Broduer's night.
"Not really because we start games on everybody's night," Weekes said. "There are a lot of holidays: Veteran's Day, Remembrance Day. There are a lot of significant holidays or days of recognition for certain people. So, in that sense, I don't really look at it like that.
"Obviously, he knows the respect I have for him and what he's accomplished and the significance of it. If there's anybody in here that understands that it's me -- his fellow goalie and goaltending partner."
Brodeur admitted that the timing of the ceremony is a litle awkward with the team on a six-game losing streak.
"Definitely, we'd love to be in a better situation," he said. "I think when you have a celebration, you want people to be happy to a certain extent. It is what it is. We'll do it tonight and this will put a lid on this whole thing. Definitely, it's been nice, but we just want to get back to winning."
Brodeur said he wanted the ceremony to be brief not because of the losing streak, but because, "I don't like the attention that much. It's been great, It's been overwhelming. I know this is the last thing for that. The night that I broke the record was probably the best night I've experenced. So, anything else, I understand the principle of it and all that, I think it's great, but, for me, it's still playing hockey. It's not my retirement party."
The ceremony is scheduled to last 10 minutes. I asked Brodeur again this morning if he is going to speak during the ceremony and he said, "I don't know. I don't think so."
I guess there is a small chance he will speak, but, at this point it appears, it would be something very brief and off the top of his head.
The official times for tonight's festivities.
7:02 p.m.: Ceremony for Brodeur begins.
7:12:45: Skate around for both teams.
7:13:45: National Anthem (sung by Arlette).
7:15:45: Opening faceoff.