Sep 19, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) stops a shot by New York Islanders center Peter Regin (16) during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Brodeur's 18-Game Season Opener Streak Will End on Thursday

Sep 26, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) is announced as the first star of the game after the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center. The Devils won the game 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

It has been announced that Cory Schneider will be starting the season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center on Thursday. Martin Brodeur will start in what could be his last home opener on Friday against the New York Islanders at the Prudential Center. Head Coach Pete DeBoer said that he wanted to give Brodeur an extra day to prepare for his first game.

Brodeur had played in an NHL record 18 straight season openers. The last time someone other than Brodeur started the season in goal for the Devils was when Chris Terreri opened the 1993-94 season against Tampa Bay.

Alexander Urbom has been placed on waivers today. While it seemed like an ideal situation for him to stay on the team, carrying 8 defensemen was unlikely and, even if you don’t agree with the move, Urbom was the likely man out. Any team can pick up the talented, young defender so hopefully he clears waivers and the Devils can keep him.

The Devils also announced that Bryce Salvador will remain captain of the New Jersey Devils. Patrik Elias will retain his alternate captaincy with Travis Zajac and Andy Greene splitting the second honor. One will have the A on the road, the other will wear it at home.

The Devils also held an afternoon practice at the Prudential Center.

These lines are identical to yesterday’s lines and one has to wonder if this is how the forwards will look also come Thursday. I don’t have a problem with them although one has to wonder why Rostislav Olesz doesn’t get a roster spot after the fairly impressive preseason he had.

To my knowledge, everyone flew to Pittsburgh today so the lines could change tomorrow also.

Enjoy the last day until Devils hockey starts up once again!

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