Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 1: New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils (0-0-0) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (0-0-0)
Root Sports, MSG-Plus – 7:00 pm/et 
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

Well, here we are. The first game of the regular season and the first time we've had an 82-game season to look forward to since October 2011. The Penguins start their season against a rival from the not-quite-Patrick, no longer Atlantic division (which is almost equally as bad of a name is "Metropolitian Division.")

The Devils seem like a weak team at first, until you actually look at their line-up and realize they could be pretty competitive. Cory Schneider could drive the Pens crazy all night.

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Of course, no one really cares what we write here, since the Pirates are in the playoffs.

STATS, INFO & NOTES:

Leading Scorers: N/A
Starting Goaltenders: Cory Schneider, Marc-Andre Fleury
Previews from Team Websites:  [Devils] [Penguins]
Line Combinations: [Team Notes & Lines]

Opposition Blog: [Running With The Devils]
What They're Saying: "23 Man Roster Set, Kind Of…"

It’s believe that Patrick Elias will be activated off IR on Wednesday for the season opener on Thursday night. Place Elias on IR, who was injured last week in the Philadelphia pre-season game buys the Devils some time to let other teams set their season opening rosters which gives NJ the ability to sneak a player through waivers without the fear of them being picked up. For example, with the Elias and Tedenby moves made, Stephen Gionta and Alex Urbom remain on the team. Had they been placed on waivers in time to cut the roster to 23, you’d have to imagine that someone would have picked them up.

What Happened Last Time: April 25, 2013 – Pens lost 3-2 [Our Recap]

It's funny. If these past two losses were to happen next week, the city of Pittsburgh might be under martial law.

But the fact is this game didn't matter, not even a little bit.

No one else got hurt.

One more game to go until it really, really matters.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Sidney Crosby. It's a terrible, overdone cliché to pick Crosby at this point, but it looks like he's healthy to start an 82-game season and that means almost anything is possible.

Devils Player(s) to Watch: Jaromir Jagr. He's a legend who is always fun to watch. Plus, he's returning to Pittsburgh in the shadow of the ridiculous "LockerRoomPhotoGate." If you're not sure which player is Jagr, just listen for the boos.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: 

 

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