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Clemmensen gets start as Devils face Flames

by Aaron Vickers

DEVILS (9-9-2) at FLAMES (12-7-2)


CALGARY -- The streak is over.

After setting a New Jersey Devils record for consecutive starts to start a season at 20 in a 2-0 win Friday against the Edmonton Oilers, goaltender Cory Schneider will give way to Scott Clemmensen on Saturday.

“I’m ready for it, you know?” Clemmensen said. “I understand what my role is here with the organization and with this team. This is Cory’s team obviously and the backup goalie is here to support him and push him and play the best he can. It goes without saying the role is one of which you have to be ready at all times. You know you are not going to play much but it goes without saying in this league you have to be ready at all times.”

Martin Brodeur, who started the first 19 games of the 2001-02 season, held the Devils record. Brodeur holds the Devils record for consecutive starts with 44, set at the end of the 1995-96 season.

Schneider couldn’t pinpoint whether Devils coach Peter DeBoer planned to give him the next night off after breaking Brodeur’s record.

“Maybe that was his plan, hit 20 and then cut it off,” Schneider said. “Sometimes you think you feel good going into a back-to-back and then you get a little tired once the game starts. It’ll be a good day to rest and recover.

“I think he’s being more cognizant of just how I’m feeling and my energy levels and stuff and making sure I can maintain that level as opposed to going up and down and dipping a little.”

Schneider has been in net for all but 64 minutes of duty for the Devils this season and has a 9-8-2 record with a 2.58 goals against average and .914 save percentage.

“It’s been great,” Schneider said. “I’m enjoying it. It’s fun to play. It’s fun to play well. It’s more fun to play like I have last game and that’s what I’m hoping to do a little bit more. That’s more my goal.”

Clemmensen has seen more action with the Albany Devils, New Jersey’s American Hockey League affiliate, than he has in the NHL this season.

He’s 1-2-1 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .920 save percentage collected over 275 minutes in Albany. He’s seen 37 minutes of ice in New Jersey.

It’s nothing new for the 37-year-old.

“I’m an older guy,” Clemmensen said. “I think I have experience both in this League and in the American League. I’ve always said there’s no situation you can put me in that I haven’t already been in. I’ve gone months between starts before. I’ve been bounced around, up and down, played games there, came back and played. For me, I think that my experience has helped me thus far in my career.

“I think one of the reasons why I’m still playing right now is because I’ve been able to kind of play the hand I was dealt to the best of my ability. I think that’s one of the keys of being a good backup.”

Here are the projected lineups:


Mike Cammalleri - Travis Zajac - Jaromir Jagr

Martin Havlat - Patrik Elias - Adam Henrique

Tuomo Ruutu - Jacob Josefson - Michael Ryder

Dainius Zubrus - Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier

Andy Greene - Damon Severson

Eric Gelinas - Marek Zidlicky

Adam Larsson - Seth Helgeson

Scott Clemmensen

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Peter Harrold, Damien Brunner, Jordin Tootoo

Injured: Ryane Clowe (concussion), Jon Merrill (arm), Bryce Salvador (lower body)


Curtis Glencross - Sean Monahan - Paul Byron

Johnny Gaudreau - Markus Granlund - Jiri Hudler

Lance Bouma - Josh Jooris - Sven Baertschi

Brandon Bollig - Corban Knight- Michael Ferland

Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie

Kris Russell - Dennis Wideman

Ladislav Smid - Deryk Engelland

Karri Ramo

Jonas Hiller

Scratched: Brian McGrattan, Devin Setoguchi

Injured: Sam Bennett (shoulder surgery), Mikael Backlund (abdomen), Joe Colborne (upper body), Matt Stajan (knee), Mason Raymond (shoulder), David Jones (upper body)

Status update: The Devils held an optional skate Saturday …  Bob Hartley wasn’t set on lines following Calgary’s skate, but Russell is expected to make his return to the Flames lineup after missing two games with a lower body injury. Knight, recalled from the AHL Friday, is likely to make his NHL debut this season.

Who’s hot: With two assists against Edmonton, Gelinas has three points in three games. … Monahan has eight goals in the past 13 games for the Flames, and Giordano has points in 10 of 11 and leads NHL defensemen in points with 22.

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