Martin Brodeur has been sharp in his two victories since missing 10 games with a back injury.
That could be critical considering the goaltender may have to shoulder a heavier burden as the New Jersey Devils face the Ottawa Senators on Monday night without Ilya Kovalchuk.
The NHL's all-time leader in wins, Brodeur turned aside a combined 34 of 36 shots in wins over Carolina and Florida. He made 17 saves Saturday in a 2-1 win over the Panthers, the 666th of his storied career.
"I feel pretty good, excited to be back," said Brodeur, who has a 2.97 goals-against average in four straight losses in Ottawa. "It's a work in progress as far as getting my game where I want to be, and the boys are playing well in front of me, which makes my life a lot easier. The more you play, the more you start adjusting to situations."
The Devils (15-11-6) will have to make offensive adjustments as well after they learned Kovalchuk - second on the team in scoring with 10 goals and 17 assists - will miss...