During the Stanley Cup playoffs last year, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur decided to end a longstanding policy of talking to the media on the morning of games.

He was, to be fair, one of the few goaltenders who did so.

But this season he has continued that policy and he thinks it helps his performance.

“I think so. I’ve always been really good about (doing interviews on game days). I just felt last year when I decided not to do it, the reason was a negative vibe I was getting after morning skates,” Brodeur, 40, explained. “There were a lot of comments about our (team’s) past and what was going to happen. ‘You guys haven’t done this.’

“I understand, but I personally didn’t need to start thinking about it when I went on the ice. I just felt that was the best way for me to get prepared. This year I totally forgot about it, but then I thought: ‘It worked in the playoffs so I’m going to let it remain like that.’ ”

So, would he have been even better if he’d decided not to talk on game days throughout his career? Maybe a few more victories?

“No. I don’t think it’s a factor,” he said. “I think when you get older sometimes it takes a little more to get yourself to a certain level. When I was younger, it was probably easier for me (even) if I was distracted.

“Now concentration has a little more of an impact on my game. I need to be on if I want to be successful. I just can’t wing it like when I was younger. The game has changed a lot. And the media has changed a lot with what I had to deal with in my first 15 years compared to the last five years. It’s a lot different.”