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Goalie notes

With New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider (lower body) injured, the Devils have recalled Keith Kinkaid from Albany of the AHL.

New Jersey also has reassigned goalie Maxime Clermont to Albany from the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL.

Kinkaid is 2-1-1 with Albany this season with a 1.97 goals-against average and save percentage of .912. Last season, he played part of one game with New Jersey in relief.

Clermont is 0-2-0 this season with Elmira, showing a 3.05 GAA and .838 save percentage. He played both of Elmira's games so far this season, allowing three goals apiece to Wheeling and Reading.

The Albany Devils host the Portland Pirates tonight at 5. Kinkaid was the most likely to start, as Scott Wedgewood played Friday night in a 4-3 win over Hartford. Now, Albany coach Rick Kowalsky will have to decide whether to start Wedgewood or Clermont, both of whom played last night.

Wedgewood is 3-0-0 with Albany this season, with a GAA of 1.62 and save percentage of .935.

For Wedgewood, the back-to-back starts would be a real test of how far he's come, physically. After his first start this season, he mentioned he came off the ice without huffing and puffing, which wasn't the case after the limited action he saw last season. Now, to be fit enough to play back-to-back nights, that could serve as a nice little signal to Kowalsky and his coaches that Wedgewood may be capable of being an every-night netminder if he has to.

My guess is Wedgewood gets the start, and Clermont may start Wednesday night against Syracuse if Kinkaid is still with New Jersey.

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