Sep 26, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

NJD Vs PIT Preview: Schneider Gets Nod In Pittsburgh, Jagr's Homecoming


Goaltending was the biggest issue for the Devils going into tonight’s game in Pittsburgh. It was uncertain whether or not Martin Brodeur would be ready to play tonight. Cory Schneider got the start to allow Brodeur to get one more day of preparation for tomorrow night’s home opener against the Islanders.

Brodeur’s NHL record of 18-consecutive season opening starts with the same team will come to an end tonight, but he was not worried about that.

Tonight will be the Devils debut for Jaromir Jagr, who started his NHL career in Pittsburgh back in 1990. He played 11 seasons for the Penguins, winning two Stanley Cups and was the second person to score 1,000 points for the Penguins.

Jun 3, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) carries the puck up ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in game two of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Boston Bruins won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Patrik Elias was taken off of IR today and will play in tonight’s game. The move sacrificed Alexander Urbom who was placed on waivers and claimed by the Washington Capitals. Urbom will be a great NHL defenseman and we wish him luck with the Caps.

Mark Fayne, Jacob Josefson, and Rostislav Olesz will be healthy scratches for the Devils tonight. Mattias Tedenby is still nursing his injury.

The Penguins have some injury problems right now. James Neal will most likely sit out tonight along with Kris Letang, Tomas Vokoun, and former Devil Matt D’Agostini.

The game will be a tough test for the Devils, but they will be backed by Schneider who played unbelievably well in the preseason. Expect the Devils to come out strong, and Schneider to shut down the Penguins.

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