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New Jersey Devils vs. New York Islanders - Gamethread #34

The Time: 7:00 PM EST

The Broadcast: TV - MSG+(HD); Radio - 660 AM WFAN

The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils (9-22-2) vs. the New York Islanders (7-18-6)

The Previews: Here's my preview from way earlier this morning. For the Islanders side, Dominik attempts satire and falters like the team he supports in this preview.

Gameday Info: Ilya Kovalchuk will play tonight. Oh, and the Devils have fired John MacLean and have named Jacques Lemaire as the interim head coach. Thanks to Kevin for his post and lovely poll. I'll talk more about it later, but there's a game afoot. Lemaire will be around tomorrow, certainly. Incidentally, here's my favorite quote among all the player reactions, given by Martin Brodeur, first reported by David Hutchison at the Star Ledger:

"Hey, we just had a guy who communicated with the players and everybody liked and we won nine games,'' said veteran goalie Martin Brodeur.

Remember: It's a results-oriented business. Always.

A Song for Tonight: I'm in a rush, so here's something by the Godfather of Soul: "The Payback."

Please use this Gamethread to discuss what's going on in this game. You can mention other NHL scores, but please keep the conversation mostly on the Devils-Islanders game tonight. As always, please keep your comments clean, relevant, and legal. If you want to be negative; fine, but do be rational as nobody needs any nonsense from anyone. Most importantly: Let's go, Devils.