New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is close to returning.
He practiced with the Devils on Monday and could be back in net as soon as the team's game at the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. He could even serve as the backup to Johan Hedberg against the New York Rangers on Tuesday.
Brodeur, who hasn't played in a game since Feb. 21, told The (Bergen) Record that a pinched nerve in his neck and upper back has been causing numbness in his shoulder and arm. He removed himself from pregame warm-ups on Feb. 24 and was placed on injured reserve.
He resumed skating March 12.
Brodeur, 40, is 8-2-3 with a 2.27 goals-against average.
The Devils have struggled to a 3-7-2 record with Hedberg in goal.
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