The New Jersey Devils will be on the road to end their 2021 season. Tonight, they will be at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the next-to-last-time. The New York Islanders have turned it into Fort Neverlose 2.0 and have a lot to play for. Especially as they dropped two games in Buffalo of all places. Here goes something.
The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils at the New York Islanders (SBN Blog: Lighthouse Hockey)
The Time: 7:00 PM ET
The Broadcasts: TV - MSG+, MSG+ 2; Digital Audio - The Devils Hockey Network (Radio.com)
The Song for the Evening: This is not just the end of the Devils’ time at Nassau, but tonight and Saturday’s games are the last two regular season home games at the old building for the Islanders. It took an incredible amount of time, energy, frustration, stress, campaigns, and multiple owners (and almost a fake one) for the Islanders to move out of Nassau County for good and remain on the Island proper. I am sure the Isles faithful will love Belmont in time, but I can understand that Uniondale is where the heart is right now and it will beat real loudly tonight and on Saturday night. Needless to say, it has been an extreme exercise of patience for the older Isles fans who may remember plans for a new arena beginning in the early 1990s and all of the back and forth that yielded and worries about the team moving and the whole ownership debacle. In honor of that patience is a song that is all about crossroads, the future, and why you do not need to rush through life by Long Island’s most known musician, Billy Joel. From the classic album The Stranger, this is “Vienna.”
The Rules: The rules remain the rules regardless of this being the penultimate game at Nassau for the Devils. Please keep your comments clean, legal (read: no streams, no links to streams, no asking for streams, no streams), and all about the games itself. Just as importantly, let’s respect each other. There’s no need for drama or being unwelcoming of your fellow Devils fan. This is a Gamethread, let’s focus on the game. Thank you for reading. Go Devils!