Monday, September 22, 2008


Preseason Begins TONIGHT

Yes, TONIGHT. It's the first hockey game the New Jersey Devils hockey organization will play for their preseason, the first since their stomach-punching playoff loss to Our Hated Rivals, and while it won't count for anything, the game against the Philadelphia Flyers will be a sight to see.

And with Gulitti reporting - along with past reports of lines like Elias-Rolston-Gionta and Rupp-Holik-Zubrus - that roster-battlers Fedor Fedorov, Nicklas Bergfors, and Petr Vrana will be on a line together. That will be interesting to see since all of them can't make the team, they are put together to harness their competiveness for any spots. An interesting idea and I can't wait to see how it looks.

Also, from the same article, you can surmise that your defensemen will be Colin White, Mike Mottau, Matthew Corrente, Tyler Eckford, Sheldon Brookbank, and Johnny Oduya. Two rookie defensemen, one of which has past experience in doing well in training camp. Yet another thing to look for in tonight's game.

Except, uh, you won't be able to see this game on TV.

You can see it through the power of the Internetâ„¢. The Flyers website will be streaming the game IF you are local (boo). Gulitti will be posting updates about the game. The Devils website will be streaming audio from the contest, but no video. Want to learn a little about the opposition? Might as well check out this short preview from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Will the Devils win? It's preseason, so as long as there no injuries and they look in sync, that'll be good enough for me. But the important thing is that it's Devils hockey. It's back! Receive and enjoy it!

UPDATE: Go to the Flyers site, click on their Live webcast, and if nothing comes up streaming, hit play on the side-bar for the game. If you allow pop-ups from the site, the video should come up. Beware, though, the audio is seriously behind the video. I guess it's pre-season for hockey game producers as well. (UPDATE #2: Now the Flyers are just airing what's being played through the arena (and their graphics) along with the game. Interesting. I'm trying to sync the Devils' audio with the Flyers' video and, well, it seems the video is ahead of the audio. This is bizarre hearing what you've already seen.)

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ESPN's LeBrun had the Devils missing the payoff!
Thank you anonymous legion!

I'll include in the next preview-preview (with IPB, Puck Daddy, etc.). If you have more, let me know!
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