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Martin Brodeur has been so successful during his career with the New Jersey Devils that you can actually start to take him for granted. It becomes too easy to pencil him in for 40 wins, a solid goals-against average, and a handful of shutouts.
This season, Brodeur figures to shake hockey fans from their complacency as he closes in on some very significant career milestones.

Brodeur's next win will be the 447th of his NHL career, tying him with Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk, who held the all-time victories record for decades until Patrick Roy and Ed Belfour surpassed Sawchuck in recent seasons. Roy finished with 551 victories and Belfour stands at 457 entering the season.

Brodeur also is making a concerted run up the all-time shutouts list. He enters the season with 80 shutouts in his career. One more ties him with Hall of Famers Tiny Thompson and Alex Connell. That will put Brodeur fifth on the all-time list. Last season, Brodeur posted five shutouts. A similar total this season would vault him into third place, surpassing two more Hall of Famers, Jacques Plante and Glenn Hall.

Sawchuk holds the all-time record with 103 and George Hainsworth, another Hall of Famer, is second with 94.
"These are great things," Brodeur told reporters. "Hopefully, it's going to be a great season and I add to the total again and stay healthy. At the end of the day, it's how the Devils do that will give me the opportunity to do that."

Brodeur will be attempting to extend his own NHL record of nine-straight seasons with at least 35 wins. That kind of consistency and production is eye-opening and has Brodeur on the fast track to complete his career as the NHL's all-time leader in some pretty significant categories. He won't surpass Roy for the all-time victory mark this season, trailing by 105 wins, but that record is certainly in sight over the next three seasons.

"You make your math out the way you want it," Brodeur said. "It's a matter of staying healthy. I'm not getting any younger and you've still got to play a lot to be able to accomplish it."



* New Jersey's Martin Brodeur needs one victory to tie Terry Sawchuk for third place on the all-time list.
* Phoenix's Curtis Joseph needs nine victories to tie Jacques Plante for fifth place on the all-time list.

Goaltender Victories

1. Patrick Roy 551
3. Terry Sawchuk 447
5. Jacques Plante 437


* New Jersey's Martin Brodeur needs one shutout to tie Alex Connell and Tiny Thompson for fifth place on the all-time list.
* Florida's Ed Belfour needs one shutout to tie Tony Esposito for eighth place on the all-time list.

Goaltender Shutouts

1. Terry Sawchuk 103
2. George Hainsworth 94
3. Glenn Hall 84
4. Jacques Plante 82
5. Alex Connell 81
6. Tiny Thompson 81
8. Tony Esposito 76


Players Approaching NHL Milestone Of 400 Goals

Rod Brind'Amour Carolina 382
Eric Lindros Dallas 367
Trevor Linden Vancouver 356

Players Approaching 500-Goal Milestone

Peter Bondra free agent 498
Mats Sundin Toronto 496
Teemu Selanne Anaheim 492
Mike Modano Dallas 485
Mark Recchi Pittsburgh 484
Jeremy Roenick Phoenix 484
Alexander Mogilny New Jersey 473

Players Approaching 600-Goal Milestone

Brendan Shanahan NY Rangers 598
Jaromir Jagr NY Rangers 591
Joe Sakic Colorado 574

Players Approaching NHL Milestone Of 600 Assists

Rod Brind'Amour Carolina 599
Peter Forsberg Philadelphia 581
Alexander Mogilny New Jersey 559
Joe Nieuwendyk Florida 559
Teemu Selanne Anaheim 549
Sergei Zubov Dallas 542

Joe Sakic

Colorado's Joe Sakic, the leader among active players and 15th on the all-time assist list with 915, needs:

* 11 assists to tie Stan Mikita (926) for 14th;
* 14 assists to tie Larry Murphy (929) for 13th;
* 19 assists to tie Al MacInnis (934) for 12th;
* 49 assists to tie Doug Gilmour (964) for 11th


Players Approaching NHL Milestone Of 1,000 Points

Rod Brind'Amour Carolina 981

Players Approaching 1,500-Point Milestone

Joe Sakic Colorado 1,489
Jaromir Jagr NY Rangers 1,432

* Sakic, the leader among active players and 11th on the all-time points list with 1,489, needs 42 to tie Paul Coffey (1,531) for 10th place.


Chris Chelios

Detroit's Chris Chelios, the leader among active players and 13th on the NHL all-time games played list with 1,476, needs:

* nine games to tie Wayne Gretzky (1,487) for 12th;
* 19 games to tie Phil Housley (1,495) for 11th;
* 24 games to become the 11th player in NHL history to reach 1,500
* 38 games to tie Steve Yzerman (1,514) for 10th;
* 64 games to tie Johnny Bucyk (1,540) for 9th;
* 73 games to tie Alex Delvecchio (1,549) for 8th

Players Approaching NHL Milestone Of 1,000 Games

Alexander Mogilny New Jersey 990
Rob Blake Los Angeles 984
Doug Weight St. Louis 982
Stu Barnes Dallas 975
Scott Niedermayer Anaheim 974
Teemu Selanne Anaheim 959
Tommy Albelin New Jersey 952
Bill Guerin St. Louis 949
John LeClair Pittsburgh 946
Petr Nedved Philadelphia 942
Alexei Zhitnik NY Islanders 941
Travis Green Anaheim 939
Sergei Zubov Dallas 934
Chris Gratton Florida 927
Bryan Marchment free agent 926
Roman Hamrlik Calgary 924
Derian Hatcher Philadelphia 919
Alexei Kovalev Montreal 918
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