NY Islanders (16-31-6) at New Jersey (34-17-3), 7:00 p.m. EST
NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) — Martin Brodeur is nearing his
return after being sidelined for an extended period. Fellow
goaltender Scott Clemmensen has used the opportunity to play the
best hockey of his career.
Looking to build off his first shutout of the season, Clemmensen
will likely be in goal again as the Devils host the New York
Islanders on Wednesday in a battle of Atlantic Division foes.
The 31-year-old Clemmensen took over as the starter for New
Jersey when Brodeur suffered a torn distal biceps muscle on
November 1. The career backup has not disappointed, going
23-11-1 with a 2.30 goals-against average, which ranks sixth in
the NHL. His .920 save percentage ranks 11th.
Monday’s shutout was Clemmensen’s first in nearly five years, as
he made 27 saves during a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers.
It marked his third career blanking and first since March 26,
All-Star Zach Parise has given Clemmensen plenty of offensive
support this season. The 24-year-old scored a pair of goals
Monday, matching his career-high of 32 set in 2007-08.
The Islanders have lost three in a row following a season-high
four-game winning streak.
New York is coming off a 4-3 shootout setback to the Los Angeles
Kings on Tuesday, and has registered a point in just 10 of its
last 30 games.