Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Devils Get Preseason Revenge on Flyers
On a Prudential Center front, a recent gallery of pictures of the new mural (and the ice lounge) has been put up on the Devils' official site. You need to see this. It is definitive proof that the Devils are the focal point of this arena with Martin Brodeur right in the middle and Devils legends Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko on the sides of the mural. Beautiful.
Also from the official site, it has been announced that Fox Sports NY will air 70 of the Devils' 82 games this season. Nine will be on MSG, and the remaining three will be on Versus. NBC is currently only showing one Devils game this year - the season ending game against the Rangers; but that will also be aired on FSNY.
Lastly, Greg Wyshynski of the NHL Fanhouse has been previewing NHL teams and here's his Devils preview. As far as season previews go, it's got insight, it's got some controversy (Brodeur needs to step up? After what he did last season, he's the only guy in the league who everyone else wants to step it down a notch!), and it actually has a fair prediction for the team. Second in the division and fifth in the East isn't bad; but I'm sure Wyshynski would agree that the Devils will fight with might for the right to win their third straight division title. Thanks to Battle of NY for pointing it out a couple of days ago.
OK, really the last bit, I want to highlight this post from Eric McErlain from the NHL Fanhouse about concussions. Given how many it has hurt during some player's careers (e.g. Eric Lindros), knocking some players out of a career (e.g. Brett Lindros), and continuing to hurt well after their careers (e.g. Jeff Beukeboom, Geoff Cournall), it is clearly a serious issue. I'm glad Eric pointed out the strong investigative work of the O.C. Register, as this is an issue worth the attention of all hockey fans in this post and in this previous post. As far as what fans like me can do about this, I'm not really sure. As I understand it, I wonder whether concussions would be severly reduced if the helmets are able to be more resistant to the forces from a body check (measuring those forces can be done by putting sensors in helmets and, well, having the players play normally with said helmets), if the refs need severely penalize intentional head-hunting hits to reduce their occurrence, and if players actually wear their helmets properly (the chinstrap is not for decoration). Excuse my lack of imagination, but I'm not sure what I can really do outside of being aware of this issue and raising awareness of this issue.