Devils seek sixth straight win against Penguins

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New Jersey (12-7-2) at Pittsburgh (13-6-3), 7:30 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Devils have vanquished

four teams with losing records during their five-game winning


However, goaltender Scott Clemmensen and the Devils will

certainly be tested when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on

Saturday with hopes of extending their season-best run.

Clemmensen has stepped up enough to not only grasp the starting

job over Kevin Weekes, but enable the Devils to rebound from a

1-5-0 skid in the wake of Martin Brodeur's elbow injury, which

will keep him out for at least another three months.

The 31-year-old Clemmensen is 4-2-0 with a 2.48 goals-against

average and notched a career-high in wins by making 35 saves in

the Devils' 3-2 overtime victory against the Florida Panthers on

Wednesday. He has started five of their last six contests.

Injured center John Madden did not practice Friday after missing

the last three games with a bruised left ankle and will not

accompany the team to Pittsburgh.

Defenseman Mike Mottau will return from his two-game suspension

for a high hit on New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen during

a 5-2 win on November 21.

Pittsburgh is coming off a 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on

Friday and has struggled without injured starting netminder

Marc-Andre Fleury.

Fleury has not started since November 15 after suffering a

lower-body injury and the Penguins are 2-2-1 since.

Dany Sabourin had started four straight games, but was lifted

midway through the second period in a 5-3 win over the Islanders

on Wednesday and then sat in favor of rookie John Curry against

the Sabres.

Evgeni Malkin has six goals and 13 assists in the last 10 games

and leads the NHL with 37 points.

Captain Sidney Crosby scored two goals against Buffalo and has

eight points in his last four contests. Crosby's 30 points are

tied with three other players for second in the league.



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