The Time: 7:00 PM EDT
The Broadcast: TV - MSG+; Radio - 660 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN
The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils (14-11-6) vs. the Florida Panthers (9-16-6)
The Game Previews: My preview from this morning is right here. For the opposition's point of view, check out Litter Box Cats.
The Rivals for Relief 2013 Game Plug: Tomorrow at noon, there will be a charity hockey event at MSG that will raise money for the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Listed participants several NHL alumni such as Ken Daneyko, Grant Marshall, Jim Dowd, Vladimir Malakhov (!!), Bruce Driver, Kryzystof Oliwa (yep), 70s-to-80s-rock-star look-alike Ron Duguay, Pat Lafontaine, and more. Here's the link to the event, called Rivals for Relief. If you're in the area, you might as well check it out.
The Song for Tonight: Normally, I choose a song by Death for a game against Florida. With a back-to-back against the two Florida teams next week, I'll do that then. Tonight, this is a track from the excellent EP Pressure to Succeed by Turnstile: "Heavy Hand."
Gamenight Info: Tom Gulitti reported this morning at Fire & Ice that Peter DeBoer does intend to play Matt D`Agostini tonight at right wing. Tom Kostopoulos will move to left wing for his inclusion and so Krystofer Barch will be scratched tonight. Gulitti also reported that Mark Fayne will also be scratched. For the Florida side, George Richards of the Miami Herald tweeted that Scott Clemmensen and not Jakob Markstrom will start tonight's game. I don't care what Clemmensen did against the Devils in past seasons; he's not the guy who stopped 77 out of 79 shots in his last two starts. Additionally, while Dmitry Kulikov will be back, Richards tweeted that Erik Gudbranson is ill and is questionable for the night.
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I'll be in my usual seat in Section 1 & Row 16 so my commentary here and through @InLouWeTrust will be sparse. All the same, let's go Devils.