With Martin Brodeur out, the New Jersey Devils have mostly struggled. However, two encouraging performances by his backup have them hoping they're on the verge of turning things around.
The inconsistent Philadelphia Flyers are hoping the same thing after breaking a three-game losing streak their last time out.
New Jersey hosts Philadelphia on Wednesday night in the opener of a home-and-home series, with the Devils looking to extend their recent domination of the series.
New Jersey (12-9-5) has lost seven of nine since Brodeur began to suffer from back soreness during warmups Feb. 24. They've yielded 3.8 goals per game in that stretch compared to 2.2 in the first 17 - 13 of which were played in by Brodeur.
Johan Hedberg has gotten the majority of work in Brodeur's absence and has had his issues, posting an .855 save percentage in eight starts since the injury and getting pulled twice in that span.
He's been better of late, however, helping his team to 3-2 shootout victories in t...