Martin Brodeur is getting close, but Johan Hedberg is expected to be in net again for the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
He may not need much offensive help against the punchless New York Rangers.
The Devils look to avoid a three-game losing streak as they go for their fifth consecutive win over the visiting Rangers.
Brodeur, who has missed 12 games with a pinched nerve in his neck and upper back, finally returned to practice Monday. New Jersey (13-10-6) has gone 3-7-2 without him, and he won't be starting again just yet.
"If I am on the bench that means I am going to be OK to play," said Brodeur, who is 8-2-3 with a 2.27 goals-against average this season. "I guess I might not be able to start a game because I don't think my game is there, but adrenaline takes over in these types of situations and I'll be fine if something happens."
The 40-year-old netminder is hoping to start Thursday at Carolina, but coach Peter DeBoer may feel comfortable using him in a pinch Tuesday. H...