April 5, 2007

MR. 5 X 5:

Another Milestone For Brodeur (KEVIN GREENSTEIN, April 5, 2007, NY Sun)

It's been a season to remember for Martin Brodeur, who has been the primary reason the Devils remain the class of Atlantic Division. He has posted the second-best save percentage (.921) of his Hall of Famecaliber career, and his 12 shutouts are the most he's recorded in a single season. He is once again a front-running candidate for both the Hart Trophy (league MVP) and Vezina Trophy (best goaltender). [...]

Perhaps most critically of all, if Brodeur comes out on top in tonight's matchup with the Flyers, he will not only set a NHL record, he also will help the Devils clinch the Atlantic Division title. And the importance of this detail cannot be overstated.

Should the Devils fall behind the onrushing Pittsburgh Penguins, they will likely open the postseason on the road against the mighty Ottawa Senators. But if they win tonight, the Devils will assure themselves home-ice advantage for round one, and a far easier first round date with (most likely) either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Rangers.

You can't overstate how terrified the Devils are of the Penguins.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 5, 2007 8:04 AM

Apparently, they are so concerned about the Pens, that they fired the coach who had led them to their first-place record. Lou Lams knows that the players will repsond to him for short bursts (especially when they'll be negotiating next year's contract with him), so he's put himself in charge for the playoff run.

Posted by: Foos at April 5, 2007 1:36 PM

I like the reference to Little Jimmyh Rushing...but Marty plays more like he's Mr. 6 x 4.

Posted by: Foos at April 5, 2007 8:34 PM