Sep 23, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) scores a goal against New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) during the second period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

NJD vs. PHI: Let the Free-For-All Begin


In the aftermath of the Damien Brunner signing, the free-for-all begins among the forwards. The New Jersey Devils will be looking to get back over .500 for the preseason when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Pete DeBoer said that he has to cut down the forwards even more now and the Brunner signing adds a whole new layer to that predicament. Now, Rostislav Olesz and Mattias Tedenby are put on the hot seat.

Jaromir Jagr did skate today today and hopes to play during the preseason finale on Thursday.

Lamoriello said left wing Mattias Tedenby (suspected groin strain) and center Andrei Loktionov (lower body) both skated on their own today and their recovery “will just go slowly.”
– Tom Gulitti, Fire and Ice Blog
This sets back Tedenby a lot now and will likely signal the end to the Rostislav Olesz vs. Mattias Tedenby roster spot battle. Olesz has been playing well this preseason and Tedenby doesn’t look like he will be 100% until at least opening day.

Below is the Devils’ projected lineup for tonight in Philadelphia (with one extra forward).

orwards: Ryane Clowe, Patrik Elias, Damien Brunner, Rostislav Olesz, Stephen Gionta, Jacob Josefson, Travis Zajac, Ryan Carter, Tim Sestito, Cam Janssen, Rod Pelley, Mike Sislo, Stefan Matteau.

Defensemen: Bryce Salvador, Marek Zidlicky, Anton Volcenkov, Mark Fayne, Jon Merrill, Peter Harrold.

Goaltenders: Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid.

– Tom Gulitti, Fire and Ice Blog

Olesz will indeed be playing tonight so he will hope to put on a good showing.

 

A lot of veteran defensemen will be playing tonight so hopefully they can also give fans a good look of what the defense will look like this season. A lot of these guys played last Thursday when the defense looked more than lackluster against the New York Islanders.

 

Cory Schneider will also look to keep his preseason-long shutout. He has stopped all 48 shots he has faced this preseason and the Devils have won both games he has started in. Martin Brodeur looked better Monday night, not to mention he is the undisputed starter, but a little impression never hurt anyone. Schneider has already shown he can be a worthy backup throughout his career and this season will only add to that.

 

Damien Brunner will play in his first official game as a New Jersey Devil tonight. The chemistry among teammates can only grow from here.

 

Final Prediction

 

Devils 1, Flyers 0

 

I have a sneaking suspicion Patrik Elias gets the goal tonight. I am 3-1 so far in picking the winner and got the score perfect yesterday.

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