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New Jersey Devils vs. Ps: Gamethread #18

This is the gamethread for today's game between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers. This is a post where users can discuss what happens before, during, and after the game until the recap is up.

The Time: 7:00 PM EST

The Broadcast: TV- MSG PLUS 2; Radio - WFAN 660 AM & 101.9 FM

The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils (6-8-5) @ The New York Rangers (9-8-0; SBN Blog: Blueshirt Banter)

The Game Previews: John's preview from earlier this morning is right here. For the opposition's point of view, Bryan Winters has this preview at Blueshirt Banter.

The Song for Tonight: Prologue/Anvil of Crom. The masterfully composed theme song from the Basil Poledouris soundtrack to Conan the Barbarian film. If this doesn't get your soul ready for an epic battle you need to see a physician ASAP.

Gameday Info: Tom Gulitti reported today at Fire & Ice that Patrik Elias and Stephen Gionta will be out again for this game. The Devils will use the same lineup from Sunday's game tonight.

Also, Tom Gulitti reported today that Jaromir Jagr boosted the confidence of Travis Zajac in the Devils previous game and the line of Jagr, Zajac and Dainius Zubrus shined as an entire unit. On the other side of the scoring spectrum, Damien Brunner takes to the ice tonight with no points in his previous six games and just one goal and one assist in his previous eleven. The New York Rangers' Carl Hagelin has a five game point streak going (four goals,three assists) and Derek Stepan has four goals and eight points in the the past seven games. The Rangers power play has also seen a recent incline and is 6-for-24 in the past seven outings.

The Reminder of Rules: This is a place where you can comment about this game before, during, and after it's played before the recap is up. This is a place where we primarily discuss the Devils game. An odd mention of other NHL games is OK, but it shouldn't dominate discussion. All comments will be clean, respectful of each other, relevant to the game, and legal (read: no streams). Please refrain from super-big pictures and .GIFs to keep the gamethread moving for everyone. If you do post pictures make sure to post a title in the comment. Go Devils.