Brodeur sprained his right knee in a 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Oct. 26 and has sat out the last five games. Scott Clemmensen has started in goal for the Devils, and the 28-year-old won his first two starts before losing his last three (0-1-2).
Clemmensen made 35 saves Saturday, but allowed two goals in the shootout as the Devils lost 3-2 to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
“It’s tough to win in this league,” said Clemmensen. “Although getting a point is good, especially on the road.”
Brodeur started skating again Friday and said he would like to practice more before returning.
“I want to take my time to come back and be healthy,” he said.
Brodeur is a big reason why New Jersey has dominated the Islanders. He is 30-13-4 with a 2.22 goals-against average in his career against New York, and the Devils have gone 30-15-6 and haven’t lost a season series to the Islanders since going 2-5 in 1992-93.
The Islanders are looking to get on track after being outscored 11-1 in consecutive losses to Pittsburgh and Ottawa. New York was shut out for the first time this season, and lost for the fourth time in five games with Saturday’s 6-0 defeat to the Senators.
STANDINGS (through Nov. 7): Islanders - 12 points, 5th place, 7 PB, Atlantic Division. Devils - 14 points, 3rd place, 5 PB, Atlantic Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Islanders - Miroslav Satan and Alexei Yashin, 8 goals; Alexei Zhitnik, 10 assists; Yashin, 17 points; Janne Niinimaa, 34 PIM. Devils - Brian Gionta, 9 goals and 14 points; Sean Brown and Alexander Mogilny, 8 assists; Jamie Langenbrunner, 22 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 7): Islanders - Power play: 13.9 percent (13 for 93), 25th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80 percent (92 for 115), tied for 21st. Devils - Power play: 18.7 percent (15 for 80), 14th. Penalty killing: 84.3 percent (70 for 83), 8th.
2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Devils, 3-2-1.
LAST MEETING: March 28, 2004; Devils, 3-2. At East Rutherford, N.J., Patrik Elias had a goal and two assists, and Brodeur needed to make only 12 saves to earn his 36th victory of the season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Islanders - 2-5-0 on the road; Devils - 4-3-1 at home.