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Sergey Kalinin Sick & Won't Play, Tonight's NJ Devils Game Also on MSG+

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Ahead of tonight's game between the New Jersey Devils and Winnipeg Jets, there are two important developments from this morning's skate. First: Sergey Kalinin is sick and won't play tonight. Second: The game will be broadcast on MSG+.

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There are two bits of news ahead of tonight's game between the New Jersey Devils and the Winnipeg Jets.  Both come from the team themselves.  Per the team's Twitter account, Sergey Kalinin is sick and will not play tonight:

Will the Devils need to call anyone up? No. They've had fifteen forwards to start.  Yes, fifteen. Bobby Farnham is now eligible to play as his four game suspension concluded on Thursday.  According to Tom Gulitti's report at Fire & Ice of the team's morning skate, Farnham appears to be in and may replace Kalinin's spot.  I'll be honest, I'm not sure how much I'm going to like a unit of Reid Boucher, Jacob Josefson, and Farnham.  Especially on the road where Winnipeg can more easily get good players against them.  They could then be a liability in their own end.  At least Farnham will be flying.  I think this decision speaks rather loudly about how John Hynes and his staff regards Tyler Kennedy and Stefan Matteau, who both appear to be scratches for this evening.  As much as Jiri Tlusty hasn't fit in on the roster, these two certainly haven't made strong cases to be regulars.

Also from Gulitti's report,  your expected starting goaltenders for tonight are "Crucial" Cory Schneider and Connor Hellebuyck.  Seth Helgeson will line up with Damon Severson to start the game, which I think is preferable to a pairing of Helgeson-Gelinas.

The other involves tonight's broadcast.  Normally, I don't like posts that tell you how to watch the game as, well, it should be the part of a preview.  Spreading it out seems unnecessary to me.  However, there is a significant change due to today's weather.  Because of the inclement weather, tonight's game between the Islanders and Flyers has been postponed. As a result, tonight's Devils-Jets game will be on MSG+ as well as MSG+2.  Here's a Tweet from the team that says that:

Since the MSG network could have easily left it alone, I think this is a good move by them.  It'll allow more people to see the game and in high definition.  Hopefully, the Devils put up a performance worthy of HD viewing.  And get a lead, too.  As Alex wrote earlier today, leads are important to this team. In the meantime, feel free to comment about this news, check out the preview, and get ready for a hockey game at 7 PM EST tonight.   Thank you for reading.

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