New Jersey Devils at St. Louis Blues - Gamethread #54

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The Time: 7:00 PM EDT

The Broadcast: TV - MSG+; Radio - 660 AM WFAN

The Game: The New Jersey Devils (31-19-3) vs. the St. Louis Blues (31-14-7)

The Previews: My preview from much earlier this morning is right here, please check it out if you haven't yet. For an opposition point of view, please check out this preview by CrossCheckRaise over at St. Louis Game Time.

A Song for Tonight: Originally formed in Edison, Mutiny Within was a metal band that put out one full album, got some notice, but ran into other issues that forced their end in 2011. In any case, their self-titled album stacked up pretty well against other modern metal acts with their power metal-ish, metal-coreish ways. This track is a good example as any: "Reflections" Say what you want about the song, but the vocalist is pretty good at going from singing to straight up growling.

Gameday Info: The Devils aren't going to risk Martin Brodeur and his twisted ankle at all tonight. Tom Gulitti reported earlier this afternoon that the team has called up Jeff Frazee from Albany to serve as the backup to Johan Hedberg. Hopefully, Moose doesn't get hurt or get shelled so the backup doesn't become a concern. Though, if Moose is getting shelled, then maybe it wouldn't be a concern since the Devils would likely be losing by quite a bit. Anyway, that's the only change for the Devils' lineup for this game. Gulitti also reported that David Clarkson wasn't at this morning's skate but he will play tonight. If you wanted to see Jason Arnott tonight, then I've got some bad news. Tom Timmerman and Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported this morning that Arnott (shoulder) and Matt D'Agostini (concussion symptoms) will not play tonight due to injury. That very same post includes a projected lineup for the Blues, confirms Jaroslav Halak as their starting goaltender, and notes their record against the East this season: 10-0-2. Again, the Blues are really, really, really good.

As usual, you can use the comments in this post to discuss tonight's game before, during, and after it happens until the recap is up. Please remember the rules at all times. Namely: keep your comments clean, keep them on topic, and keep them legal (read: nothing about illegal streams - no links, no discussion, no requests). Go Devils!

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