Not that you needed to know just how good Martin Brodeur is, but with New Jersey’s 3-0 win over Atlanta tonight, he not only notches his 110th shutout but also his 600th victory in the NHL. The 600 mark is all the more impressive because he’s the only goalie to ever reach that mark and he increases the distance between himself and the goaltender who is second all time, Patrick Roy.
If you’re wondering who the closest active goaltender is to Martin Brodeur, you’ll have to look to Detroit and Chris Osgood who is 10th all time in wins with 396. I’m going out on a limb here and saying that Ozzie won’t catch him.
The next active goaltender even remotely within striking distance of Brodeur is Nikolai Khabibulin of Edmonton with 303 wins. Given that Marty is going to, likely, play for a few more seasons (I know, again with the assuming) his stranglehold on the all-time wins crown is likely to stay pretty strong for a long time to come.
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The Los Angeles Kings lost one of their most veteran defensemen on Tuesday, as the club announced Matt Greene would be out indefinitely following shoulder surgery.
Greene, 32, had only appeared in three games this season, missing extensive time with the ailment. He had recently resumed skating with teammates and looked to be on the way back to a return, but never got to the point where he was participating in drills, or taking contact.
If Greene misses extensive time, L.A. could be in the market for a defenseman come trade deadline day, like they were last year before acquiring Andrej Sekera from Carolina. Greene is one of the most playoff-tested players on the L.A. roster, with 79 games and two Stanley Cups on his resume (and another Stanley Cup Final, with Edmonton in 2006).
Looks like the Canucks will have an interesting lineup tonight
But hold on, that doesn’t necessarily mean Pedan will make his NHL debut tonight. This morning, the Canucks announced they’d called up d-man Alex Biega from AHL Utica. Theoretically, inserting Biega could allow the offensively inclined Yannick Weber to move up to forward. Biega and Weber both shoot right. Pedan shoots left.
But wait, there exists another possibility — that both Pedan and Biega could play. That will depend on Chris Tanev‘s status. He got banged up yesterday as well, though he was able to skate this morning.
Weber likely to skate as a forward tonight. Biega may play instead of Pedan. If Tanev can't go, both will play. #Canucks