Cory Schneider will get the start in net for the Devils when they host the Anaheim Ducks Friday night.

Although Devils coach Pete DeBoer said he hadn’t his goaltender for Saturday’s game in Washington, Martin Brodeur said he “probably” will be back in net against the Capitals after winning his last two starts.

Schneider hasn’t started since a 3-2 loss in Pittsburgh on last Friday.

Left wing Ryane Clowe likely won’t make his return from a concussion Friday night, but DeBoer did not rule him out completely. Clowe skated hard at the end of today’s practice and was on the ice for an hour and a half in all.

“We’re taking it day by day and we’re going to see how he responds,” DeBoer said. “He hasn’t been pushed consistently, so we’re going to take advantage of as many of these days as we can. But that doesn’t mean he’s necessarily a scratch.”

After talking it over with DeBoer and GM Lou Lamoriello, Clowe is under the impression he probably won’t play in either of the next two games and possibly won’t play in Chicago Monday as well—which would mean he’ll have to wait until after the Christmas break to make his return. It sounds like he will be going on the trip with the team to Washington and Chicago, though.

“I talked to the coach and Lou, so I just pretty well know that I was feeling good and I’m not sure what they want to do,” Clowe said. “I kind of get the sense I’m going to travel with the team and maybe have a couple more pre-game skates and practices and take it from there. The impression I got is I probably won’t be playing this weekend, but I kind of let them know that I was feeling good and I guess the next step would be playing, so I guess it’s more what they feel will be right.”