New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers - Gamethread #17

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The Time: 8:00 PM EDT

The Broadcast: TV - NBCSN, CBC, RDS; Radio - 660 AM WFAN

The Series: The New Jersey Devils (2) at the New York Rangers (2)

The Previews: For an opposition's point of view, please check out this post by Joe Fortunato at Blueshirt Banter. For a neutral take, Dirk Hoag did this video for SB Nation summarizing what happened in Game 4 and how that goes into tonight's game.

The Pre-Game Video: Here's the awesome pre-game video the Devils have been using before playoff games at the Rock. Watch it and get pumped for this one.

The Song for Tonight: It's rather impressive that they're still around. I guess NYHC legends Sick of it All really were Built to Last. Here's the title track from their 1989 release, Blood, Sweat & No Tears: "The Blood and the Sweat."

Gameday Info: The Devils didn't practice yesterday. Tom Gulitti confirmed at Fire & Ice this morning that the Devils will use the same lineup from Game 4 tonight. Meanwhile, the Rangers will get Brandon Prust back in action after serving his one game suspension. Andrew Gross reported at Ranger Rants this afternoon that in addition to Prust returning, Brandon Dubinsky should return to the lineup. He hasn't played since March 6, so it's unclear as to how much he will or will not contribute. Also: Stu Bickel will be in the lineup too. Yes, John Tortarella would like to keep giving shifts to Stu Bickel.

The Reminder: I know everyone's going to be a bit on edge for this series - myself included. Feelings and emotions will be running high. Still, remember that I and the other users commenting aren't the ones playing this game. There's no need to get salty among ourselves or against any trolls from other places. Seriously, don't feed any trolls and don't troll Blueshirt Banter - sanctions there can be brought over here. To quote Bill S. Preston, Esq., be excellent to each other.

The Band is Awesome: Queen is an awesome band. Here's an example of said awesomeness.. That also reminds me of something. Please don't call Henrik Lundqvist "Queen," or some variation thereof. At its core it is a sexist comment by way of stating that being a female is inferior. Moreover, the band is more awesome than Lundqvist ever will be. Such statements won't be tolerated from here on out, so don't be surprised if you get warned for it. Thanks!

Please 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 (For example: nothing is allowed about illegal streams - no links, no discussion, no requests). I will provide the commentary here as well on Twitter with @InLouWeTrust. Go Devils!

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