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Goalie nods: Clemmensen gets rare start, Halak to face Detroit

Jan 20, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT

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News and notes from around the crease…

Clemmensen goes for Panthers

Florida will give under-the-weather netminder Tim Thomas the night off on Monday, turning the crease over to veteran backup Scott Clemmensen versus Pittsburgh.

Clemmensen, who hasn’t started a game since Dec. 29, is 5-4-1 this season with a 2.91 GAA and .894 save percentage. He has performed well in stints, however — including a solid stretch in late December — and did win his last game, stopping 21 of 22 shots in a 4-1 win over Montreal.

Clemmensen will take on Marc-Andre Fleury tonight.

Halak takes on Wings

St. Louis will face former division rival Detroit tonight, and will give Jaroslav Halak the chance to face a team he’s struggled against historically.

Halak is 3-4-1 all-time against the Wings, with a 3.76 GAA and .880 save percentage. Last year, the Blues often went with Brian Elliott (or Jake Allen) against Detroit, though Halak did face the Red Wings once (and did well, stopping 14 shots in a 6-0 win.)

Halak will go up against Jimmy Howard tonight.

Elsewhere…

Stars at Predators: Kari Lehtonen vs. Carter Hutton

Leafs at Coyotes: No confirmed starters from either team yet.

Flames at Sharks: Karri Ramo for Flames; no word yet on who San Jose will start.

  1. hockey412 - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Was hoping to see Tim Thomas play. Bah. Should be an interesting game – typically the Pens don’t play all that great for at least 2 of 3 periods after a long break. And they also are prone to underestimating struggling teams.

    • Taylor Craig - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      He plays tomorrow against Buffalo

  2. penguins87and71 - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Finally a Great Day For Hockey!

  3. valoisvipers - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Let the feast begin. Clemmensen is being tossed to the wolves.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      The wolves were more like fat cats and Clemmensen must mean cement wall in another language. He played great tonight and the Pens, not so much.

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