Kevin Weekes will start in net for the Devils tonight in their game against the Islanders at Prudential Center.
Jay Pandolfo will return to the Devils lineup after sitting out the last nine games as a healthy scratch.
Although Scott Clemmensen posted a shutout Monday against the Rangers, Devils coach Brent Sutter said that "never" caused him to think about altering his plan to start Weekes tonight.
"You look at your schedule and the times of games coming up," Sutter said. "We have an afternoon game coming up Sunday (against San Jose). We play a lot of hockey over these next two weeks. We play every second day. We're going to need both guys."
Weekes has allowed only one goal in each of his last three starts and won all three. His last start was a 5-1 win in Atlanta on Friday, so he is getting to play more regularly now than he did earlier this season.
"A little bit," Weekes said. "It certainly makes it a little it easier as far as game feel."
This will be Weekes' first start at Prudential Center since a 4-2 loss to Buffalo on Dec. 13. He did have a relief appearance at home on Jan. 8 against Atlanta, though.
Clemmensen said he was not surprised he's not starting again after a shutout on Monday.
"No, not really," he said. "Kevin has played well and as I've always said I expect both of us to get consideration for every game, every start."
Mike Rupp will sit out to make room for Pandolfo's place. Rupp said Sutter wanted him to sit out a game as a precaution because he has some sinus inflammation on the left side of his face from the punch he took from the Rangers' Colton Orr on Monday.
Rupp said he is taking medication for the inflammation.
"(Sutter) said that it's just precautionary reasons and to get on the medication the doctors gave me to get the inflammation down," Rupp said. "But I am 100 percent, just a little bit of sinus blockage on the one side."
Rupp has a bit of a black eye on the left side of his face.
"It's not too bad," he said. "It's really not. I think it looks worse than it is."
Rupp skated hard at the end of today's optional morning skate along with Jay Leach, who also will not play tonight, so his sinus inflammation did not seem to be affecting him on the ice.
Pandolfo, who has not played since Jan. 17 against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, will step into Rupp's spot on the fourth line with Bobby Holik and Brendan Shanahan. Pandolfo said he got the word from Sutter on Tuesday that he would be back in the lineup tonight.
"Obviously, I'm happy to be playing," he said. "It's been a while."
Defenseman Johnny Oduya said he is feeling OK and will play tonight after sitting out practice on Tuesday.
Aside from Pandolfo and Weekes, there will be no other lineup changes.