How hard is it to play goal in New Jersey? We are about to get as much evidence over the next 3-4 months as we have over the last decade.
All of us, his most hardcore critics included, don't like to see players injured and wish Martin Brodeur a speedy recovery.
By the way, here are a few numbers for temporary Devils #1 goalie Kevin Weekes:
Career save percentage: .902 (league average during career: .906)
Post-lockout shot quality neutral save %: .888 in 2954 minutes played
Career SO: 19. Career Expected SO: 17.3.
vs. Backups ('99-00 through '05-06):
Weekes: .414 win %, 2.81, .905
Backups: .418 win %, 2.71, .905
Kevin Weekes is an average-to-slightly-below-average goalie, or at least he was one a couple of seasons ago. Weekes hasn't played much over the last two seasons, so the small sample size limits our ability to evaluate him, but if he can regain his pre-lockout form the Devils shouldn't be hurt too badly by goaltending. With the way the rest of the team has played in the early going, I think the Devils should still be a playoff team without Martin Brodeur. But if you disagree, feel free to vote in the poll on the right or explain why in the comments.