New Jersey Devils at Los Angeles Kings - Gamethread #21

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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 (0) at the Los Angeles Kings (2)

The Previews: Matt E. wrote the preview for today's game, please check it out if you haven't done so already. For the opposition's point of view, please visit Jewels from the Crown.

The Pre-Game Video: Here's the awesome pre-game video the Devils have been using before playoff games at the Rock. Watch it before tonight's game to get that feeling everyone felt at the Rock prior to every home game in this playoff run.

The Song for Tonight: The Devils are on the road and they're going to have to go the distance if they want it all. Rather than reference the obvious in that previous sentence, here's "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" from the seminal Somewhere in Time album by Iron Maiden. Of course, the Devils aren't alone in this world - keep running.

Gameday Info: As Tom Gulitti reported in this post at Fire & Ice, Devils head coach Peter DeBoer has said that there will be no lineup changes tonight. The lines we saw in the third period of Game 2 will likely be together to start this game. Tom had a good opinion post about the matter earlier this afternoon.

However, the Los Angeles Kings - yes, the 14-2 Kings - will make a change to their lineup. Andrew Gross reported at Fire & Ice this afternoon that Simon Gagne will play his first game since December 26, 2011. He's been out with a concussion and he was only cleared to play prior to the Stanley Cup Finals. Gagne will replace Brad Richardson, a fourth line winger. Gagne hasn't played in a while, but he's definitely got offensive talent and he will bolster their bottom two lines and their woefully unsuccessful power play. Hopefully, he won't make too much of an impact.

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 Jewels From the Crown. Punishment there can/will be brought over here. To quote Bill S. Preston, Esq., be excellent to each other.

It would also be kind of you all if you can cease with .GIFs and large images in this Gamethread. That will help keep this post going smoothly for everyone, either on a computer or a mobile device. 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 commentary here and on Twitter with @InLouWeTrust as I see fit. Go Devils! Make this a series by any means necessary.

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