Devils goalie Martin Brodeur will play his first game in his hometown since the Sept. 26 death of his father, Denis.

Although Brodeur broke his policy of not speaking on the mornings of his starts when he talked to the media on Oct. 17 in Ottawa, he decided not to talk Monday morning at Bell Centre. After talking in Ottawa, the Devils and Brodeur lost, 5-2.

Coach Pete DeBoer said he knows it will be an emotional night for Brodeur, but the goalie did not bring up the matter of his father’s passing.

“No. I think he would have come to us or to Chris (goalie coach Chris Terreri) if that was going to be an issue. That was never brought up,” DeBoer told The Star-Ledger. “I think the best way to take your mind off things is to be in the net and play hockey. You talk to anybody that goes through those type of things and the game is the place where you can really kind of get away from that.”

Denis Brodeur, who was the longtime team photographer for the Canadiens, remained a high-profile presence whenever the Devils came to Montreal.

“I really believe he’s embracing the idea of playing tonight,” DeBoer said of his 41-year-old goalie. “I didn’t hear otherwise, so that’s what I’m assuming.”

Brodeur said after so many years, and perhaps because his dad will no longer be in the stands, the game is a little less meaningful. But he said all players like the atmosphere Bell Centre.