Posted March 10, 2013 on AP on Fox

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 20: Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils makes a save against the Florida Panthers at the Prudential Center on January 20, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Whether or not the New Jersey Devils' recent struggles are a direct result of veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur's absence, coach Peter DeBoer is becoming concerned. Resolving the issues against the Winnipeg Jets may help get his team back on the right track. New Jersey looks to prevent an eighth defeat in its last nine games Sunday night by avoiding a third loss in the last two weeks to visiting Winnipeg. The 40-year-old Brodeur, who backstopped the Devils to an appearance in last season's Stanley Cup finals, hasn't played since Feb. 21 while nursing a sore back. New Jersey (11-9-5) went 0-6-1 in its first seven games without Brodeur before beating Buffalo 3-2 in a shootout Thursday, but it faltered again Saturday in a 6-3 loss at Carolina. DeBoer isn't sugarcoating his team's recent problems. ''We've got to get wins. I'm not going to kid you and tell you I'm not worried,'' he said. Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice, including the team's league-leading seventh short-handed goal, bu...
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