Maple Leafs-Devils Gameday: Clemmenson Returns and Everything You Need to Know

Derek HarmsworthSenior Writer IDecember 16, 2008

He has perservered. 

He has endured. 

He is leading the New Jersey Devils through a tough spot which has seen them lose some of their top players for different amounts of time—including, of course, the man he is relieving, Marty Broduer.

Oh, and he also wasn't good enough to merit a two-way contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Hey, "Clemmer" did a solid job in Toronto, but I was completely fine with the decision for him not to return to Toronto, so I won't say much now.  Hindsight is 20-20.

Of course Clemmenson does post a 2.43 GAA and a save percentage of .919, numbers that have helped him keep the Devils afloat in the Eastern Conference—and more specifically, in the tough Atlantic Division.

Clemmenson is figuring to get the start tonight as the New Jersey Devils roll into Toronto to battle the Leafs in a game that ca be seen on TSN at 7 PM.

It is expected the Leafs will counter with Vesa Toskala in this all-Eastern Conference match-up.

Sunday afternoon's practice saw head coach Ron Wilson mint a newly-formed top line.  Matt Stajan will skate alongside Nik Antropov and Nik Kulemin on the team's top unit.

The lineup remains intact from the big win in Buffalo on Friday night, meaning Jonas Frogren and Niklas Hagman will now play tonight.

Hagman is aiming at a Saturday return in Pittsburgh.


Lines at Tuesday morning skate:

Kulemin-Stajan-Antropov
Ponikarovsky-Grabovsky-Stepniak
Williiams-Moore-Blake
Devereaux-Mitchell-Hollweg

Defence:

Kaberle-Van Ryn
Kubina-White
Finger-Sifers

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