Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Tom Gulitti is On Fire

He is, and if you really want the most up-to-date preseason coverage, he's blogging like a storm at Fire & Ice.

The Devils lost last night's preseason game to the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in Trenton. Tom Gulitti has coverage on this here and the initial aftermath here. Pookie and Schnookie at Interchangeable Parts also saw the game and weren't so pleased. Not that a loss to the Flyers can directly cause anything remotely known as being pleased. That said, it's a preseason game, and the first one, so I wouldn't put a whole lot of stock into how well the team has played. Lines, styles, plays, and so much more will change between now and the start of the season in October. I mean, check out the opening lineup, per Gulitti's blog (see, told you he was on fire). Martin Brodeur, Patrik Elias, Brian Gionta, Paul Martin, and Dainius Zubrus didn't even go to the game; and the lines are experimental at best. Nice to see Petr Vrana and Rod Pelley get time at center, though. The Devils practicing with Clarkson on the second line and a more skilled fourth line (Rupp-Brylin-Bergfors) is interesting.

Cam Janssen did get injured in the preseason game last night with a shoulder separation. Gulitti's blog notes that perhaps this was partially caused by the new jersey design, as Janssen's was torn twice. I don't know, Aaron Asham's jersey was also torn in a fight and Asham's shoulder wasn't separated. I suspect the fight itself may be the root cause of the injury. In either case, Janssen is now injured. In 2 Man Advantage's recap of the game, Patricia Greuter notes that Janssen had this injury once before and missed 11 games as a result. Who knows whether he'll be out for a similar amount of time, more time, or less time?

More importantly, why were there five fights in a preseason game? It's preseason. There really shouldn't be any reason for dropping gloves and throwing haymakers. Can someone explain this to me?

On a broadcasting note, Gulitti is also reporting that the radio color commentator for Devils games for this coming season will be former Devils beat writer, Sherry Ross. Congratulations to Ross for her new position (even if it isn't official yet).

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