When the winningest goaltender in NHL history takes the ice for his 1,148th game today, he will try to live up to his reputation as The Greatest, and confound the critics whispering he's living off it.

In what may be his final season, 39-year-old Devils goalie Martin Brodeur will try to prove he isn't riding into the sunset on past glories, but on another of the performances that made him the best.

After yanking the Hall of Famer before the second period for the second time in three starts, coach Pete DeBoer said Brodeur will start against the Canadiens today in Newark (1 p.m., MSG Plus), though Johan Hedberg was the winner in relief against Ottawa Thursday.