Devils Open Pre-Season with Shootout Loss

My "new-season" resolution for the 2010-2011 season is to be more positive.  Please look for positive-ness throughout this post.

The Devils lost their opening pre-season game to the Flyers.  On a positive note, their top line wasn’t playing.

The Devils still have no clue who they are going to drop from their roster to free up cap space that the Devils are currently over with the signing of Ilya Kovalchuk,  On the plus side, we have Ilya Kovalchuk.

The Devils netminder showed signs of incompetency towards the end of the shootout.  On a good note, it wasn’t Martin Brodeur in net tonight.

 

Isn’t being positive awesome?

 

I’m being grumpy on purpose.  It’s been a long couple of weeks.  For some reason when school starts it seems as if all hell breaks loose.  It probably doesn’t help that both my wife and I both work in schools.

In any event, the 8 people that could actually tune to the NHL Network were able to watch tonight’s pre-season game courtesy of the Philadelphia  broadcast.  I was able to catch some of the feed thanks to some illegal video feed someone had up online.

The Devils didn’t look all that bad, a little bit rusty around the edges, and sure missing your top line doesn’t help much.  So with a great deal of rookies, things didn’t look too bad at all.  New coach MacLean didn’t get a single bench penalty, and there weren’t any "too-many-men on the ice" penalties called either – although I’m pretty sure that 7 or 8 players from the same team found themselves all on the ice at the same time on occasion.

Overall you can’t call this a bad game, although keep in mind that not only did we not have our top players, neither did Philadelphia.

 

Other than some new – and old – faces in the lineup, there isn’t too many new surprises to find this season.  The trapezoid is still there, the over-calling of minor infractions will still take place, and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties will still be called if you do the chicken dance towards another player.

Oh, and to end on a positive note – Jamie Lanegenbrunner scored a goal – 5% of what he scored all of last season.

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