Martin Brodeur compared it to riding a bicycle.

The Devils goaltender will make his first appearance of the preseason Thursday night against the Islanders after a long summer and a week of training camp practices and scrimmages. Entering his 20th and possibly final season in the NHL Brodeur 41 has gone through this process many times so he has a good idea what to expect.

“The first step to get the season going is playing some preseason games” he said today. “It’s a feeling out process every year. It’s like riding a bicycle. You get back but sometimes it’s a little harder to jump on your bike so we’ll see how it’s going to go tomorrow.”

Brodeur is slated to play the first periods and rookie Scott Wedgewood is expected to play the remainder of the game.

With Brodeur’s 18-year-old son Anthony in camp after the Devils drafted him in the seventh round in June there was a lot of speculation about whether the father-son goaltending duo would get to share a preseason game or make it onto the ice together for a scrimmage or even just a practice. It appears none of that will happen this year though with the Devils expected to make their first round of cuts by the end of the week.

Anthony could be back with his junior team the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL in time for their next game Friday night at Val-d’Or. Anthony has already missed Gatineau’s first two games while at camp with the Devils.