Brodeur returns to practice, could play Thursday

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Goalie Martin Brodeur practiced with the New Jersey 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 hasn't played in a game since Feb. 21, and 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 pre-game warm-ups on Feb. 24 and was placed on injured reserve.
He resumed skating March 12, and Brodeur said he hasn't been symptom-free for more than a week.
Brodeur, 40, is 8-2-3 with a 2.27 goals-against average, a .911 save percentage and one shutout this season.
Hedberg will make his 13th consecutive start Tuesday, and the Devils have struggled to a 3-7-2 record during that stretch with Hedberg allowing an average of 2.92 goals against.

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