DETROIT >> The Wings are expected to see Martin Brodeur in goal for New Jersey on Tuesday. The 21-year veteran could retire after this season.
“I’ve played against Marty a couple of times, it’s always an honor when you look down at the other end of the ice and one of the greatest to ever play the game is standing there, it’s a pretty special moment,” said Jimmy Howard, who’s starting in goal for the Wings. “But at the same time you want to win. You’ve got to set all that stuff aside and try to find a way to win and try to stop just as many as he does.”
Brodeur, 41, holds numerous NHL records, including career wins, shutouts and games played.
“Lots of guys are good for a short period of time, but to do it as long as (he has) and to be a star as long as he has, I mean obviously real high-end,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “(Cory) Schneider’s played most of their games, he’s a young guy, an up-and-comer, and that happens to all of us, I mean someone else is going to end up with your job that’s just the way life is. But I mean Martin Brodeur has been a flat-out star and he’s stayed healthy.”