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Shanahan likely to play as Devils continue road trip

New Jersey (27-15-3) at Nashville (20-22-3), 8:00 p.m. EST

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Veteran left wing Brendan

Shanahan last played with the New Jersey Devils 6,502 days ago.

His high-profile return will provide even more help on a

successful road trip.

Shanahan will set a record for the longest gap between games

with one NHL team when he makes his season debut with the

Devils, who seek their fourth consecutive win against the

Nashville Predators on Monday.

A three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings,

Shanahan last played a regular-season contest as a Devil on

March 31, 1991. The current mark for the longest gap between

games for one NHL team is held by Buffalo's Randy Cunneyworth.

He went 6,169 days between contests for the Sabres in December

1981 and November 1998.

The 39-year-old Shanahan, who was drafted second overall by the

Devils in 1987, spent the previous two seasons with the New York

Rangers but was not offered a contract in the offseason.

New Jersey is 4-1-0 on its current road swing, and has received

a boost from All-Star Zach Parise, who has scored a goal in four

of his last five games.

After sitting for the second time in five contests during

Friday's edging of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Scott Clemmensen

stopped 32 shots in a 3-1 victory over the Atlantic Division

rival New York Islanders the following night.

The 31-year-old Clemmensen has seen the bulk of the playing time

for the Devils since Martin Brodeur went down with a biceps

injury in early November. Clemmensen, who improved to 17-9-1

this season, won his second straight start after suffering a

personal three-game losing streak.

The Predators, who have dropped eight of their last 11 contests,

are coming off a 7-2 drubbing at the hands of the lowly Atlanta

Thrashers on Saturday.

All-Star defenseman Shea Weber and captain Jason Arnott each

returned from injuries, but their efforts were not enough to

keep Nashville from dropping its second game in a row.


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