Clendening in, Klein out tonight against Buffalo

December 1, 2016, by
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Photo: Jim McIsaac (Newsday)

It looks like Kevin Klein is getting the night off against Buffalo tonight. Klein was paired with Josh Jooris at the morning skate today, indicating he may be a healthy scratch tonight.

Adam Clendening was paired with Brady Skjei, which makes it seem that Clendo will see his first game since dressing as a forward and not playing a shift in early November.

Fans have been clamoring for Clendo to get into the lineup for a while. It’s no surprise that it’s for Klein either, who has been struggling mightily all season. Let’s see what the kid can do.

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  1. tomb says:

    It is a minor move, but I think Klein needs to sit a game. Clendenning definitely needs to see some action.

  2. Spozo says:

    The savior has arrived!!!!!!!!!

  3. Peter says:

    Ha, no one thinks Clendening is a savior, but he has a knack for passing and is young with fresh legs. Right now Klein seems to be laboring so the move makes sense. It also would make sense to let Clendening give Girardi nights off and thereby rest a couple of older guys and give the kid a chance to show if he belongs at all.

  4. amy says:

    Klein needed a rest anyway

  5. Richter1994 says:

    it’s about time

    • Richter1994 says:

      This will be special when people post tomorrow and tear this guy apart because he didn’t look like Bobby Orr out there. These will be the same people who are silent game after game watching the train wreck that G and Staal are. Just sayin.

      • AZgene4240 says:

        This is the right move by the Coach is begin rotating Adam C in for Klein and Girardi. The real help to the defensive will happen if and when Gorton can swing a deal for a D-men like Mike Stone, Ryan Murphy and of course Kevin Shattenkirk.

        • Richter1994 says:

          hey bro, it’s about time, but we’ll see. I would love for Adam to get 10 games in a row to see if he can cut it. Still need to acquire another D whether Adam plays or not.

        • Egelstein says:

          Personally, I think one of Klein or Girardi should be sitting most nights with Clendening rotating through, like a three way platoon. This is not just because of declining play of G and Klein, but also because of mileage. Both have a LOT of mileage on them. Add in the struggles, and there is simply no need to have both out there all the damn time. Clendening might not be the second coming of Brian Leetch, although again (like McIlrath) some people like to blow things up and turn that into the narrative against those who simply want to see Clendo get a chance. Nobody is saying that Clendo will be legendary out there any more than people were saying McIlrath was going to be. What folks are saying, however, is that Clendo will likely be no worse than either Girardi or Klein defensively right now and can move the puck better than either…and frankly that seems a pretty safe bet to me.

      • pas44 says:

        I’m with you on this!

        It’s got to be seriously hard to ride the pines for weeks then get called into the backend of an NHL pro team…

        he has to have trouble with the speed of the game, but knowing AV, he will never get enough games in a stretch to find and improve his game… and be a player that can contribute…


        • Richter1994 says:

          as I just said to Geno, I wish Adam would get 10 straight games to see if he can really cut it or not. He’s been just fine the games he has played and did nothing wrong to be taken out of the line up, IMO.

          • Chris. C says:

            I’ve only seen Clendo in 1 game and he looked alot better the G or Klien. I saw him ride the pine in a game once but since he didnt touch the ice that game never counted imo.

            But I’m on your boat ride with 10 gms and see if he can cut the mustard. IMO just his passing and skating ability is better then both. The Era of Hockey is a fast transition game – no more crease clearing bruisers anymore.

            • Richter1994 says:

              Exactly, he’s young, a puck mover, and can skate, a prototype AV defenseman. I have no clue why he’s not playing.

              Give him 10 games and let’s find out, either way.

              • AZgene4240 says:

                Also, if Adam C can cut then this would make Klein expendable via trade

              • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

                Six organizations in two plus seasons seems to me to be a pretty good clue. 🙂

                Hey, then again, you never know. Let’s hope he does well. But maybe we can not go off the deep end if he does ok tonight like we did with a certain large defemsemen that everyone oversold and overrated last year!

              • Richter1994 says:

                LOL I get it. I watched pretty closely the games he did play and he more than held his own.

                But I would just say that if fans would put some vets under the microscope like a player like Clendening and really watch what they’re doing, then maybe those same fans would understand the requests for Adam to play. 🙂

              • Egelstein says:

                Things I never pay attention to:

                1. “He’s the coach, so he must know what he’s doing.”
                2. “(Insert number) other teams passed on him, so he must be bad.”

                There are plenty of bad talent evaluators in the NHL. There are numerous ways a guy can not fit at all and look like he doesn’t even belong in the NHL in one system, and be a perfect fit in others.

              • Richter1994 says:

                Right egelstein. The Ford Motor Company lost billions years ago while their CEO still made $500M per year. So something doesn’t add up. But he made a lot of money so he must be good at what he does!!

  6. Ranger 11 says:

    I’m telling you right now if Clendening don’t score st least 4 goals they better trade him. If he wants to show he belongs that’s the least he can do. Joking aside, I’m glad Klein is finally taking a seat. It would nice to see Clendening have a solid game and it would be nicer to see him get more time on the ice and rest Girardi and Staal on other nights.