Report: Martin Brodeur still hoping to play this season

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While speaking with reporters at Monday’s Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony, goaltender Martin Brodeur expressed his interest in wanting to play in the NHL this season.

Brodeur, 42, has appeared in 1259 games all with the New Jersey Devils posting a 688-394-154 record to go along with a .912 save percentage and a 2.24 goals against average. Brodeur backstopped the Devils to Stanley Cup victories in 1995, 2000 and 2003.

He became an unrestricted free agent in July and has been unable to find a landing spot.

Brodeur was invited to play for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup, but turned down the offer.

Devils demote Kinkaid, recall Clemmensen to watch Schneider play

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The New Jersey Devils shuffled the backup goalie deck on Monday, sending Keith Kinkaid back to AHL Albany while recalling veteran Scott Clemmensen.

Kinkaid, who hoped to get his first NHL start following an early-November recall, heads back to Albany with just two relief appearances of Cory Schneider on his resume, a grand total of 27 minutes played.

Those 27 minutes are just 10 fewer than Schneider’s new backup, Scott Clemmensen, has played this season — like Kinkaid, Clemmensen is also looking for his first start of the year, as head coach Peter DeBoer has gone with Schneider in all 18 contests so far.

New Jersey’s franchise record for consecutive start to open a season in 19, set by Martin Brodeur in 2001-02.

The Devils next play tomorrow night in Winnipeg.

PHT Morning Skate: Malkin celebrates Gonchar’s milestone atop fake tiger

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Sergei Gonchar recently collected his 800th career point. Former teammate Evgeni Malkin decided to congratulate after mounting a fake tiger.

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Adam Larsson, who was taken with the fourth overall pick in 2011, is starting to dress regularly with the Devils thanks in part to his physical play. (The Bergen Record)

Air Force Second Lieutenant Jason Fabian joined the SPHL’s Pensacola Ice Flyers on a three-game contract. Fabian, who had college hockey experience, went on to net the game-winning goal on Friday. (Puck Daddy)

Troy Grosenick’s father was naturally emotional after his son earned a 45-save shutout in his NHL debut:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have done a great job of staying competitive without Victor Hedman (finger), but it hasn’t been easy. (Tampa Bay Times)

Mike Hoffman has been very impressive lately. (Ottawa Sun)

David Backes felt the St. Louis Blues’ 4-1 victory over Washington on Saturday “was probably our most complete game of the season, 60 minutes, all facets.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Goalie nods: Bob’s back

All the latest from the blue paint…

Finally some relief for Columbus

The Columbus Blue Jackets broke their nine-game slump last night. Now they get Sergei Bobrovsky back in net.

It’s not fair to pin their nine-game losing streak on Curtis McElhinney and Anton Forsberg alone – Bob was in net for the first two defeats in that skid – yet the Blue Jackets appear to be healing up. It’s an open question if they can dig themselves out of a month-sized hole, but Bobrovsky’s return seems like a sign of better things to come.

That said, Bobrovsky has some work to do himself. He’s just 4-4-0 with a .908 save percentage so far in 2014-15. For a guy turning down extension offers in a contract year, that’s not up to snuff.

The San Jose Sharks are likely to trot out Antti Niemi against Bobrovsky.

Elsewhere …

Hurricanes at Bruins: Cam Ward tries to continue his recent strong work for Carolina while Tuukka Rask attempts to turn things around for Boston.

Wild at Stars: Darcy Kuemper likely for Minnesota and Kari Lehtonen expected for Dallas.

Ducks at Kings: Frederik Anersen seeks redemption for Anaheim against Jonathan Quick and Los Angeles.

Jets at Predators: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Pekka Rinne.

Maple Leafs at Sabres: James Reimer is expected for Toronto, Michal Neuvirth’s in for Buffalo.

Flyers at Canadiens: Ray Emery may get a rare start for Philly against Carey Price and Montreal.

Rangers at Penguins: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Marc-Andre Fleury.

Islanders at Lightning: Chad Johnson vs. Ben Bishop.

Avalanche at Devils: Semyon Varlamov’s in for Colorado, Cory Schneider expected for New Jersey.

Capitals at Blues: Justin Peters vs. Brian Elliott.

Senators at Flames: Craig Anderson vs. Karri Ramo.

Schneider shuts out Caps, approaches a Brodeur record

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Cory Schneider has played in 17 straight games and while a lot of them haven’t been particularly great starts, he’s bounced back lately. He turned aside all 30 Washington Capitals shots in New Jersey’s 1-0 victory Friday night.

Schneider seemed like he was on the brink of having his season-opening consecutive game streak end after he allowed three or more goals in three straight contests and was yanked from two of those games. Devils coach Pete DeBoer stuck with him though and the 28-year-old goaltender has rewarded his trust with two strong starts.

The question now is if Schneider will play again on Saturday. Martin Brodeur set the franchise record in 2001-02 by starting in 19 straight games to open the season, per the Bergen Record. If Schneider gets the nod again tomorrow then it is entirely possible he will break that record by playing on Tuesday and Friday as well.

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby had a strong game too and it wasn’t until 9:38 of the third period that Mike Cammalleri finally broke the scoreless tie by taking advantage of the netminder’s error.

This defeat snapped Washington’s three-game winning streak. The Capitals will try to bounce back Saturday against St. Louis.