Welcome back to hockey. Welcome back to Gamethreads. These are posts where you can discuss the game as it happens. This pre-preseason series is the Prospect Challenge, hosted by Buffalo.
The Time: 7:00 PM ET
The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils vs. the Buffalo Sabres (SBN Blog: Die by the Blade)
The Series Preview: No, there will not be a game preview. I did write this preview for the whole three-game, prospect-specific series. Please check that out to get caught up on what this is all about and who will be present for New Jersey. Whoever is not in the lineup tonight may get a shot tomorrow or on Monday morning. (Yes, morning. I still cannot get over that.)
The Potential Debuts: If Ty Smith plays, it will be his Prospects Challenge debut for the Devils. The same will apply for the following non-invitees: Joey Anderson, Yegor Sharangovich, Mitchell Hoelscher, Fabian Zetterlund, Akira Schmid, Brett Seney, Tariq Hammond, Xavier Bernard, and Cam Johnson. I hope I didn’t miss anyone.
The Sabres Prospects to Know: Here’s the list from the Sabres’ official website. I would expect tonight to be the debut of 2018 #1 draft pick, defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. I suspect he will do quite well because he oozes talent. Also expect to see Casey Mittelstadt, Alex Nylander, Brendan Ghule, and actual NHLer Tage Thompson among others.
The Goal: No injuries and play well. Expect to see this in the next two Gamethreads.
The Song of the Night: Since this is all about the youth, let’s go with the sounds of one of the most aware and important of youth crew bands from the late 1980s. From New Jersey, that band is, of course, Crucial Youth. From the Straight and Loud! 7” EP, this is “Just Say No, Be Just Like Me and Mr. T.” (Yes, this is two songs smashed together and I don’t care because it’s C.Y.)
The Rules: As usual, keep it clean, respect your fellow Devils fan, and keep it relevant to the game. Go Devils.