Last night Devils goalie Scott Clemmensen (23-11-1, .920, 2.30), the Matt Cassel of the NHL, recorded his first shutout in five years.
The immediate lesson here: start your goalies against the Rangers. They are tied with Ottawa for last in scoring (2.35 goals per game).
The secondary lesson: Enjoy Clemmensen’s run while it lasts. As Mike G. Morreale reports on NHL.com, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, the Tom Brady of the NHL, is close to returning. There is still no timetable, but Brodeur estimates, “I have about 10 percent left in my recovery.”
Since Brodeur has already missed 44 games, I’m going to guess that he’ll miss at least four more before completing that final 10 percent. The window for trading Clemmensen is now closed, but it might be time to make offers for Brodeur. If Brodeur’s owner is still in contention for a fantasy title, it means that he has found other goaltending and Brodeur is expendable. And if Brodeur’s owner is out of contention, well, he just might make a trade for shits and giggles.
We’ll be back later to muse on the fantasy implications of the game of the night, San Jose (36-7-7) at Boston (39-8-7): a clash between the top two teams and respective conference leaders.
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