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New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers - Gamethread #49

The Time: 7:00 PM EDT

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

The Game: The New Jersey Devils (26-19-3) vs. the New York Rangers (31-12-4)

The Previews: My preview from way, way earlier this morning is right here. As for the opposition point of view, over at Blueshirt Banter, Joe Fortunato has called this game a "must win" and Bryan Winters has keys to the game.

A Song for Tonight: With three straight losses, or non-wins to be precise, and only one goal scored in each game, the Devils are in some kind of funk. What's the solution for funk? The Funk. Thankfully, Plainfield's own George Clinton has given the world all kinds of it. Here's one of his more legendary songs with Parliament: "Flashlight" originally from the 1978 album "Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome." The song became a #1 single back then and features Bernie Worrell making the most out of his synthesizers. At least if the Devils aren't winning, there's a reason to groove.

Gameday Info: The New Jersey Devils will welcome Andy Greene and Brad Mills back into the lineup along with debuting Steve Bernier. Tom Gulitti reported earlier today that the defenseman and fourth liner will return from injury and the right winger will play on the third line tonight. Matt Taormina and Cam Janssen will be scratched to make room for Greene and Mills. Gulitti also reported that Martin Biron will start for the Rangers tonight. That's right, Henrik Lundqvist isn't starting. Biron's numbers are still high and unsustainable, so the challenge remains. Andrew Gross has the projected lines and pairings for the Rangers in this post at Ranger Rants. If there's a particular pairing I'd like to see the Devils pick on, then it is Michael Del Zotto and Anton Stralman just at a first glance. They're not good defensively; besides, Stralman couldn't make the Devils in camp for a reason.

As usual, you can use the comments in this post to discuss tonight's game before, during, and after it happens until the recap is up. Please remember the rules at all times. Namely: keep your comments clean, keep them on topic, and keep them legal (read: nothing about illegal streams - no links, no discussion, no requests). Go Devils!