Goalie nods: Andersen to start 20th straight for Ducks


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Busy Freddy

Frederik Andersen will start for the Ducks tonight.

Of course he will.

The Danish netminder, who’s been an absolute workhorse for Anaheim this season, will make his 20th consecutive start this evening when the Ducks take on the Habs in Montreal.

More, from the L.A. Times:

“I know how to play goalie,” he said with a smile.

Andersen allowed four goals on 20 shots in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss at Toronto, but he’s also minded the net as the Ducks (21-7-5) have ascended to the NHL’s best record.

“He’s durable, played back-to-back last week and was better in the second game than he was the first,” Boudreau said.

The backup spot behind Andersen has been in a constant state of flux this season, with John Gibson, Jason LaBarbera and Igor Bobkov all temporarily filling the role. The job is how Ilya Bryzgalov’s, however, and it sounds as though he could make his first start of the season on Friday in Ottawa.


Panthers at Flyers: Roberto Luongo vs. Steve Mason

Avs at Pens: Calvin Pickard vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Leafs at ‘Canes: Cam Ward for Carolina, no word yet on a Leafs starter.

Caps at Jackets: Braden Holtby vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Blues at Kings: Martin Brodeur for St. Louis, no word yet on a L.A. starter.

Oilers at Sharks: Antti Niemi likely for San Jose, no word yet on an Edmonton starter.

Elliott prepared for anything after Brodeur signing


When the St. Louis Blues signed Martin Brodeur, one of the questions raised was what the Blues’ goaltending situation will look like once Brian Elliott is ready to return from a sprained knee.

“(Brodeur’s) going to go and he’s going to play when he’s asked to play, and when (Brian Elliot’s) ready, he’ll be back in here. Our goaltenders are Brian and Jake (Allen). We believe in them,” Blues GM Doug Armstrong said after inking Brodeur, per Yahoo Sports.

Elliott is aware of what Armstrong said, but he also knows that circumstances can change.

“You just have to be prepared for it,” he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “But as far as myself, I just want to get back as soon as possible and be part of the team. You want to be a rock back there that everybody can count on.”

When asked specifically about the Blues’ decision to bring in Brodeur, Elliott admitted that he doesn’t “know what my take is.” If nothing else though, he is taking the opportunity to learn as much as he can from the future Hall of Fame goaltender.

Elliott’s not expected to be back in the near future and in the meantime, Brodeur has gotten off to a solid start. If that continues, then Brodeur will put the Blues in a desirable but nevertheless difficult position once Elliott returns.

Brodeur: ‘It was a different feeling for me today’


For the first time in his NHL career Martin Brodeur made a start for a team other than the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

The 42-year-old made 20 saves in a 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators.

Brodeur had some interesting comments about his former organization while he assessed his new team.

“We have skilled players and they make plays. It’s a little different having played in an organization that we were pretty limited in skill so we’ve got the puck moving north all the time and didn’t really make plays,” he said. “These guys, they’re talented, they’re making plays. Sometimes its good and some times… we make mistakes, but was really happy with the way the boys played in front of me.”

“It was a different feeling for me today,” Brodeur said. “I haven’t played in a long time. Coming to a new organization, different players, different team, different coaching staff – not sure what to expect.

“I did it with the same people over and over, but glad that’s over, got it under my belt. We’re going to stop talking about it and just play hockey.”

Vladimir Tarasenko opened the scoring in the first, but Filip Forsberg and Eric Nystrom gave the Preds a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

Brodeur made 14 saves in the opening frame.

“You never know how it’s going to start, but getting some work from the get-go… I was happy,” said Brodeur. “To feel the puck feel game and feel the pressure of the team coming at me.”

Mike Ribeiro made it 3-1 early in the second before Tarasenko’s second of the night pulled the Blues to within one.

Colin Wilson scored the eventual game-winner midway through the third.

Jaden Schwartz had the other St. Louis goal.

Video: Brodeur makes Blues debut

Martin Brodeur made his St. Louis Blues debut tonight in Nashville and has made 14 saves through one period.

It’s the 42-year-old’s first start since April 13 while a member of the New Jersey Devils.

Brodeur signed a one-year $700,000 contract on Tuesday.

Report: Brodeur to make Blues’ debut Thursday


After parts of 21 seasons in a New Jersey Devils uniform, Martin Brodeur will make his first start as a member of the St. Louis Blues on Thursday according to multiple reports.

St. Louis is in Nashville in the second of a back-to-back situation.

Brodeur, who signed a one-year contract with the Blues on Tuesday dressed as Jake Allen’s backup in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.