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Devils to waive Clemmensen


The New Jersey Devils are set to put veteran goalie Scott Clemmensen on waivers today, per the Star-Ledger.

Clemmensen, 37, has played just two games this season, allowing four goals on 17 shots for a .765 save percentage and 6.49 GAA. Those numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, however, because Clemmensen hasn’t actually started at all this year — both of his appearances were of the relief variety, coming in for workhorse starter Cory Schneider.

Schneider has started all 11 games this year, sitting first in the NHL for TOI among goalies (637:01) and second in shots faced (331).

It’s unclear how the Devils will handle the backup position if Clemmensen clears waivers and goes to AHL Albany. They could bring up Keith Kinkaid — GM Lou Lamoriello was non-committal on that one — and we’re sure someone will make the suggestion of potentially re-signing Martin Brodeur.

But PHT will not be that someone.

Devils ‘humbled’ in ‘ugly’ loss to Penguins

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It all started so well for the New Jersey Devils. That statement could apply to either Tuesday’s game or their season in general. The Devils nearly set a franchise record when Dainius Zubrus scored just nine seconds into their contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins. They ultimately lost 8-3 tonight though.

New Jersey had a 3-1 lead in the second period, but the Penguins broke out with four unanswered goals before the end of the frame, including a run of three markers in just over six minutes. That led to Devils goaltender Cory Schneider being yanked.

Scott Clemmensen replaced him, but stopped just seven of 10 shots in the third.

“It was ugly,” Schneider told the Bergen Record. “It got away from us there in the second half of the game and I think it’s one you’ve just got to definitely learn from the mistakes and go over them, but I think you just sort of put it behind you and almost forget it even happened. Just move on to the next one. We’ve been a pretty good road team so far this year, but that was completely not a good one.”

Moving on to the next game is all the Devils can do, but it would be a more meaningful mantra if New Jersey wasn’t in the midst of a slump. The Devils got off to a 3-0-0 start this season, but they’ve lost five of their last six games.

“It’s humbling,” said Devils coach Pete DeBoer of their latest setback.

New Jersey is set to begin a three-game home stint on Thursday. The Devils will host Winnipeg, Columbus, and St. Louis.

Penguins chase Schneider with four unanswered goals

New Jersey Devils v Pittsburgh Penguins

The New Jersey Devils got off to a fast start tonight and while the Pittsburgh Penguins bounced back in the first period, New Jersey still took a 3-1 lead.

Then the floodgates opened and Devils goaltender Cory Schneider was the victim.

It started with a top-shelf goal from Evgeni Malkin while Pittsburgh had a 5-on-3 advantage:

The Penguins followed that up with three goals in just over six minutes courtesy of Patric Hornqvist, Craig Adams, and Sidney Crosby. Adams’ goal in particular was special given that it was just his 55th marker in 889 career games and he managed to beat Schneider on a breakaway:

Schneider only stopped 18 of 23 shots tonight. He was replaced by Scott Clemmensen for the third period, but the backup goaltender wasn’t able to keep the Penguins at bay either.

Devils’ Schneider is ‘prepared’ to play 70+ games

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During his incredible career with the New Jersey Devils, Martin Brodeur played at least 70 games 12 different times. The NHL still has its fair share of “workhorse” goalies, yet we haven’t seen someone shoulder the burden of 70+ games since 2011-12.*

In his first season as an unquestioned No. 1, Cory Schneider told the Newark Star-Ledger that he’ll gladly aim for such a haul.

“I’m very prepared,” Schneider said. “You try to take it game by game, or in smaller segments. If you think about it as an 82-game season it gets pretty overwhelming and you sort of lose focus on what’s coming up next. For me it’s more about the next game than trying to figure out what I’m going to feel like 30, 40 50 games in.”

That’s a pretty ambitious goal for a netminder who set a career-high with 45 games played last season.

Granted, the 28-year-old transitioned from a playing time tug-of-war with one potential Hall-of-Famer (Roberto Luongo) in Vancouver to a certain one in Brodeur, so it’s not as though we can openly question his conditioning.

Schneider discussed the “mental and physical side of things,” yet the team’s schedule will be the biggest hurdle.

“The schedule is going to dictate a lot,” Schneider said. “We’ve been fortunate to have a pretty broken-up start here where I’m able to handle it. But I know next month things get pretty hectic. Clemmer has been working hard and we have a lot of faith in him to step in there and play games when he has to. I’m sure we’ll find times to manage the schedule almost mores than managing myself.”

Indeed, it might be tough to pull this off, even ignoring NHL trends. The Devils came into 2014-15 tied for the second-most back-to-back sets with 18, and they’ve only knocked one of those out (Schneider went 1-0-1 this past Friday and Saturday).

As far as backups go, the Devils have two interesting-if-flawed options in veteran Scott Clemmensen and young goalie Keith Kinkaid.

Many believe that the Devils could be a “bubble team” this season, which means that they might need to lean on Schneider quite a bit more than what’s become the norm in the NHL. At least he sounds like he’d prefer it that way, though.

* – Three goalies did so then: Pekka Rinne (73 games played), Jonas Hiller (73) and Miikka Kiprusoff (70).

Goalie nods: Gustavsson gets his second start


The latest news from the crease…

Gustavsson gets the net for Detroit

Jonas Gustavsson will make his second straight Saturday start of the season after blanking the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 last weekend. The Red Wings are in Philadelphia looking for their first win since Game 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup final. Gustavsson made 30 saves in his only other start of the season.

Ray Emery goes for the Flyers. Emery made 22 saves as the Flyers defeated the Penguins 5-3 on Wednesday night. He carries a 2.84 GAA and a .897 save percentage into his fourth appearance of the season.


Sabres at Sharks: Jhonas Enroth vs. Alex Stalock

Stars at Islanders: Anders Lindback vs. Chad Johnson

Devils at Senators: (Update) Cory Schneider vs. Robin Lehner

Rangers at Canadiens: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Carey Price

Bruins at Maple Leafs: Tuukka Rask vs. Jonathan Bernier

Blackhawks at Blues: Antti Raanta vs. Brian Elliott

Penguins at Predators: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Pekka Rinne

Lightning at Wild: Evgeni Nabakov vs. Darcy Kuemper

Panthers at Coyotes: Roberto Luongo vs. Mike Smith

Capitals at Flames: Braden Holtby vs. Karri Ramo