As expected, the Devils have called up goaltender Scott Clemmensen from Lowell of the AHL to serve as their back-up in tonight's game against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.
Clemmensen, who played in Lowell Friday night, has not arrived in Buffalo yet, but is expected to be here in time for the game. Clemmensen will miss the Scott Clemmensen Bobblehead giveaway tonight in Lowell, though. (The Lowell Devils are playing Springfield.)
The Devils had to call up a goaltender after Kevin Weekes injured his left knee 57 seconds into the second period of Friday's 5-4 overtime win over Tampa Bay.
In 40 games with the Devils earlier this season while Martin Brodeur was injured, Clemmensen went 25-13-1 with a. 2.39 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Because he was on emergency recall, he had to be sent back down to Lowell on Feb. 25 when Brodeur was activated from injured reserve.
His teammates still voted him the team's "Unsung Hero" and he is also the New Jersey chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association's nominee for the Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Defensemen Andy Greene and Jay Leach, who were healthy scratches again Friday, are the only players skating this morning. I'll get comments from Clemmensen and head coach Brent Sutter and, hopefully, an update on Weekes' injury later.
Left wing Patrik Elias won't play again tonight because of leg muscle tightness.