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.
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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