New Jersey (11-7-2) at Florida (8-11-1) 7:30 p.m. EST
SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) — The New Jersey Devils initially
struggled without star goaltender Martin Brodeur. However, it
appears they have begun to figure out how to win without the
four-time Vezina Trophy winner.
Looking to extend their season-high, four-game win streak, the
Devils continue their five-game road trip against the Florida
Panthers on Wednesday.
Dainus Zubrus tied the team record with four goals and helped
the Devils topple the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7-3, on Sunday.
Goaltender Scott Clemmensen continued his strong play in the
wake of Brodeur’s elbow injury by making 26 saves.
If Clemmensen starts, he’ll be going for his fourth victory of
the season, which would be a career-high.
His next appearance will be his seventh of the season, which
would be the second-most NHL games he’s played in one season in
his career behind 2005-06, when he played 13 games overall,
including six in a row when Brodeur was out with a sprained MCL
in his right knee.
Clemmensen is 3-2-0 with a 2.60 goals-against average and .909
However, Kevin Weekes, who made 25 saves en route to his 100th
career victory in the Devils’ 5-2 win over the New York
Islanders on Friday, could get the nod from coach Brent Sutter.
With both reserve netminders stepping up, combined with the
elevated efforts from players on offense such as Zubrus, the
Devils have maintained their winning ways despite injuries to
Bobby Holik, Brian Rolston, defenseman Andy Greene and most
recently, penalty-killing specialist John Madden.
Florida snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over
the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.
The Panthers did, however, lose a key player as right wing
Richard Zednik left in the second period with a left arm injury
and did not return. Florida coach Peter DeBoer claims Zednik
will miss a few weeks.