Goalie Martin Brodeur was supposed to start for the Devils in Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Flyers at the Prudential Center in Newark but instead the 41-year-old to-be Hall of Famer is off to Montreal to see his ailing father.

“I’m OK” Brodeur said after the morning skate. “I have to go to Montreal to see my father.”

Brodeur has played just two periods this preseason giving up four goals on 13 shots in a 5-3 loss to the Islanders back on Sept. 20. He is in the last year of his contract and coach Pete DeBoer said that missing this start will be “no issue” concerning Brodeur’s readiness to start the season on Oct. 3 in Pittsburgh.

Getting the start in place of Brodeur will be Cory Schneider who has been outstanding this preseason in giving one goal (while the other team had six skaters on the ice) in almost eight full periods.

“They told me yesterday chance I’d play today” said Schneider who was obtained in a draft-day trade with the Canucks. “I don’t think it was really part of the plan but just something that come up here short notice.”

Although Schneider has been outstanding DeBoer said it hasn’t changed anything concerning his plan of how he is going to split up the starts once the regular season begins.

“We knew what we were getting” DeBoer said. “He’s come as advertised. I don’t think there is any surprise. He’s had an excellent preseason but we knew we were getting a world-class goalie so it hasn’t changed anything for me.”