This is the first gamethread of the New Jersey Devils' 2013 season, in which they will visit the New York Islanders. Users are free to discuss the game as it happens here.
The Time: 7:00 PM EST
The Broadcast: TV - MSG+2; Radio - 660 AM WFAN
The Song for Tonight: Taking Respect by Fury of Five. Remember that it's not where you're from, it's where you're at. That's right here supporting the right team.
Gameday Info: As Tom Gulitti reported earlier today, Bobby Butler cleared waivers, Mattias Tedenby was recalled, and the Devils' scratches are likely to be Krys Barch, Peter Harrold, and Adam Larsson. With eight defensemen on the roster, two are going to be sitting out. I'm surprised that it's Larsson, to be honest. I thought he was doing well in Albany and he certainly played quite a bit last season. As Butler would say, being good in the A isn't good enough. Gulitti also reports that Stefan Matteau and Jacob Josefson will be on the fourth line with Cam Janssen; so expect to see Matteau and Josefson get a few minutes with Ilya Kovalchuk tonight by way of Janssen being an awful hockey player who will likely get benched tonight at some point.
In other awful hockey player news, Arthur Staples thinks that Eric Boulton is likely going to be in the lineup for the Islanders since Cam Janssen is playing. If true, then we can expect a completely not-fixed-at-all-no-really fight tonight. Over at ESPNNewYork, Matt Ehalt confirms that Evgeni Nabokov will start tonight and that Keith Aucoin will active as well. Other decisions with the Isles lineup will be made at gametime, so keep an eye on the comments for more changes.
The Reminder of Rules: Yes, a reminder's in order given it's been so long since the Gamethread. This is a place where you can comment about this game before, during, and after it's played before the recap is up. This is a place where we primarily discuss the Devils game. An odd mention of other NHL games is OK, but it shouldn't dominate discussion. All comments will be clean, respectful of each other, relevant to the game, and legal (read: no streams). Please refrain from super-big pictures and/or .GIFs to keep the gamethread moving for everyone.
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