Martin Brodeau not only top NHL goalie

Mar 3, 2009 5:07 PM
Power Plays by by Mark Mayer |

It would be easy to sing the praises of New Jersey’s Martin Brodeau, who since his return off injury has back-to -back shutouts giving him a 100 for his soon to be Hall of Fame career.

But that would be like singing to the choir. Instead, I’ll talk Dwayne Roloson, the goalie who’s keeping Edmonton right there in the playoff chase. On the weekly Saturday NHL Network’s "Hockey Night In Canada" twinbill, Roloson kicked out nearly 50 shots in a 3-2 Oilers win over Minnesota.

Roloson has allowed just eight goals in his last four games. He may not be Brodeau, but Marty isn’t fourth in the league in penalty minutes for goalies. Any goalie willing to mix it up is my kind of guy.

And now to this week’s pucks:

Tuesday, March 3

New Jersey at Toronto: It will be tough for anyone right now to score on Brodeau, but rival goalie Vesa Toskala has been playing very well for the Leafs. UNDER.

Edmonton at Nashville: The Predators have won four straight including an 8-0 blasting of Detroit. No letdown here against the Oilers with just one point between them in the standings. UNDER.

Wednesday, March 4

Detroit at Colorado: The perfect remedy for Detroit to wipe away that Nashville debacle, facing an archrival that’s having a dreadful season. DETROIT.

Montreal at Buffalo: The Habs are 4-0 since Alex Kovalev was given a few games off to relax. Apparently, the time off did everyone some good. MONTREAL.

Thursday, March 5

Minnesota at San Jose: Losing three straight is not the time for the Wild to be facing the West’s best team in points. But Minnesota played well in that 3-2 loss at Edmonton. UNDER.

Friday, March 6

St. Louis at Tampa Bay: The Blues started the week on a four-game win streak and is right in that playoff hunt. Not so TB. ST. LOUIS.

Saturday, March 7

Edmonton at Toronto: The Leafs have been playing well on Hockey Night in Canada, the finest NHL package on the tube. Don Cherry is must-see TV. TORONTO.

Sunday, March 8

Boston at NY Rangers: Nothing beats Original 6 hockey! Rangers are having all kinds of trouble scoring, but defense has been solid. UNDER.