After he gave up four goals the Ottawa Senators, there was chatter that maybe Martin Brodeur might have finally hit the wall.
There was talk that the torch had been passed to Cory Schneider after Schneider was given three straight starts.
Fast forward into November and it's a completely different story.
[sny-box]Brodeur over his last four games:
Goals allowed: 5
Goals Against Average: 1.26
Shots faced: 88
Saves made: 83
Save Percentage: .943%[/sny-box]
Forget all of the talk about Brodeur being open for a trade. Forget everything else that the future hall-of-fame netminder has said and just let his play on the ice speak for itself.
Lately, he's been carrying this team. The soft goals that plagued him at the onset of this season are gone and he's seemingly back to his old ways. Five goals allowed in four games? That's a recipe for success. With the return of Travis Zajac, and the eventual return of Patrik Elias, there will be goals, but not many. Good goaltending is going to be the key to this team getting to and staying above .500.
The question is, can Brodeur keep it up? Having Schneider splitting starts is a good thing. It'll allow Brodeur to rest and the Devils wont ever need to play him in any of their back-to-backs, barring an injury.
The preseason seemed to be the beginning of a change, where Brodeur struggled and Schneider was superb. The 2013-2014 regular season started as if it was Schneider's job to run away with, because at first, it looked exactly like he would do so. Now, the situation is a complete 180, where the former Canuck has struggled, both on the ice and with injuries and Brodeur is making his sub-par preseason and start to the regular season look like nothing but a road bump.
This is what makes No. 30 so special. Just when it seemed people were willing to write him off and let Cory Schneider ascend to the role of the "starter," Brodeur has shown the kind of mettle and determination that has helped him become the most winning goaltender in NHL history.
There's no telling if he'll keep this up throughout the season, but if he can, the Devils will be dangerous. It always starts from the net out and if Brodeur is giving the Devils a strong performance night-in and night-out, then this team will continue to creep back into contention.