Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur dressed as Johan Hedberg's backup Friday, his first time in uniform since spraining the MCL in his right knee Feb. 6 in Montreal. It is possible Brodeur will start tonight in Carolina, but coach Jacques Lemaire claimed after Friday's game that he has not decided who will start.

"I've got to rest the goalies," he said. "I have to think about this. That's too much."

Brodeur said he's had "zero" problems with his knee, but needs more practice.

"I've got to get in game shape," he said. "I'm OK to play, but to be on top I might need a few more practices."

Hedberg has won all five starts in Brodeur's absence, allowing only six goals, so that makes it easier for Lemaire not to rush Brodeur into a start.

"He's been playing really well. Marty right now he hasn't played a game in a long time, so he's not at his best for sure, but it's good that he will be coming back."

Brodeur was activated from injured reserve and Mike McKenna was reassigned to Albany.

Friday's game was the first between the Devils and Rangers in which Brodeur was in uniform and did not start since Nov. 30, 1993 at the Meadowlands. Chris Terreri started for the Devils in a 3-1 loss.