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Preseason Gamethreads #5 & #6: New Jersey Devils at Ottawa Senators & New York Islanders

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In this next-to-last date of preseason games, the New Jersey Devils will split their squad tonight for two matchups. At PEI, the Devils will visit the Ottawa Senators. In Brooklyn, they’ll visit the New York Islanders. This gamethread is for the discussion of both games.

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Ottawa Senators
Yeah, two things at once, Marc. You’re not the only guy potentially facing the Devils tonight.
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Tonight is a split-squad night for the New Jersey Devils. The Devils will be split into two squads and play two different opponents at about the game time. One group will go up to Prince Edward Island to play Ottawa. The other group will head across the Hudson and go to Brooklyn to play the Islanders. This is the next-to-last preseason date, so look for some hard choices to be made before and perhaps after this game.

The Matchups: The New Jersey Devils (3-0-1) at the Ottawa Senators (3-0-0, SBN Blog: Silver Seven) and the New Jersey Devils (3-0-1) at the New York Islanders (3-0-2, SBN Blog: Lighthouse Hockey)

The Time: Devils at Ottawa - 6:00 PM ET; Devils at Islanders - 7:00 PM ET

The Broadcasts: Devils at Ottawa - TV: NHL Network; Devils at Islanders - TV: MSG+. Hat-tip to Devils Insiders for the Ottawa broadcast.

The Song for Tonight: Two games at about the same time is hard. Hard to follow, evaluate, etc. But it’s better than being soft. You know what’s also better than soft? Songs that go hard like this one by Those Who Fear: “We’re Not the Victims.”

The Rules: The rules remain the rules. Please keep your comments clean, legal (read: no streams, no links to streams, no asking for streams, no streams), and all about the game itself. Other scores are OK, but let's make sure the comments here are primarily about the Devils and these games. Also, let's respect each other, there's no need for drama or unwelcome nature of any sort. This is a gamethread, let's focus on the game. Thank you for reading. Go Devils!