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Clemmensen, Devils look for strong defensive effort

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,

2004.

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.

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