NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 11th (All times eastern)
New York Islanders (16-31-6) at New Jersey Devils (34-17-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Fresh off his first shutout in nearly five years, Scott Clemmensen will lead the first-place New Jersey Devils as they welcome the New York Islanders for tonight's Atlantic Division clash at Prudential Center.
On Monday, Clemmensen made 27 saves to record the third shutout of his career as he helped the Devils down the division rival New York Rangers, 3-0. It was his first shutout since blanking Atlanta on March 26, 2004.
Clemmensen has done a superb job in goal for the Devils since No. 1 goaltender Martin Brodeur went down with an elbow injury in early November. Clemmensen has a 23-11-1 record this season to go with a .902 save percentage and 2.30 goals against average. He is likely to get the start again tonight.
Zach Parise scored twice in Monday's win for New Jersey, raising his season total to a career-high tying 32 markers. Parise is trying to become the first player in franchise history to record 50 goals in a season. Brian Gionta set the club record with 48 tallies during the 2005-06 campaign.
Bobby Holik also found the back of the net, while Jamie Langenbrunner and Travis Zajac both collected two assists for the Devils.
The Devils have won two of three and 10 of their last 12 games and are leading the Atlantic with 71 points on the year. New Jersey is six points ahead of Philadelphia for the division lead and just one point behind Washington for the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
Jersey is 16-10-1 as the host this year and ended a two-game home losing streak with the recent win over the Rangers. Tonight's test marks the third portion of a five-game homestand for the Devils, who will host the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins this Friday before capping the residency Sunday against San Jose.
The Devils have won four straight and five of the last six meetings with the Islanders. Jersey is 3-0 against New York this year, outscoring the Isles by a 10-4 margin in those games. The Islanders have dropped two straight and three of their last four road tests against the Devils.
New York, meanwhile, has dropped three straight games since posting a season- high four-game winning streak. The Isles did pick up a point in their latest setback, as they were handed a shootout loss Tuesday evening against visiting Los Angeles. Jack Johnson was the only player to score in the shootout, as the Kings took the 4-3 decision at Nassau Coliseum.
Andy Hilbert, Doug Weight and Tim Jackman had a goal apiece for the Islanders, while Yann Danis stopped 36 shots in the loss.
Tonight's test marks the first of two straight on the road for New York, which will also visit Philadelphia on Saturday. The Islanders have a dreadful 6-19-2 record as the guest this year and have lost two straight and 16 of their last 17 road games.
02/11 10:34:25 ET