Thursday, October 25, 2007

Battle GameDay: Hudson River Showdown, Part 1, NJ vs. NYR, 7PM, FSNNY/MSG, WFAN/WABC


Stars to Watch:
New Jersey
#26, Patrik Elias


#30, Martin Brodeur




New York
#68, Jaromir Jagr

#23, Scott Gomez


LAST SEASON's BATTLE:

Game 1: 10/16/06, New York, 4-2. GWG: Jason Ward
Game 2: 11/14/06, New York, 3-2. GWG: Brendan Shanahan
Game 3: 12/17/06, Devils, 6-1. GWG: Jamie Langenbrunner
Game 4: 1/2/07, New York, 3-2. GWG: Marcel Hossa
Game 5: 1/16/07, Devils, 1-0. GWG: Brad Lukowich
Game 6: 2/6/07, Devils, 3-2. GWG: Brian Gionta
Game 7: 2/20/07, Devils, 2-1. GWG: Zach Parise
Game 8: 2/22/07, Devils, 3-2. GWG: Jamie Langenbrunner

Final Body Count: Devils - 11 PTS, Rangers - 8 PTS.

LIKELY STARTING LINE COMBOS:

Devils
Elias-Zajac-Asham
Zubrus-Parise-Gionta
Pandolfo-Madden-Clarkson
Rupp-Pelley-Brylin.

Oduya-Martin
Greene-Rachunek
Vishnevski-Brookbank

Brodeur
Weekes

New York
Hossa-Gomez-Jagr
Prucha-Drury-Shanahan
Dawes-Dubinsky-Hollweg
Orr-Betts-Strudwick

Roszival-Malik
Tyutin-Girardi
Mara-Staal

Lundqvist
Weekes

Enjoy the game, see if the Rangers can score tonight. They've been shut out for more than 2 games, so the Devils new style may make them able to open things up tonight. The Devils will look to Sheldon Brookbank, the AHL's Top D-Man last year, for some size and toughness in the back. Above all, Martin Brodeur must play as well as Lundqvist has the past 2 games for the Rangers, or else the Devils will be in trouble. You can't rely on either offense to score a consistent number of goals at this point in the season, so the goalies will be key tonight.

PREDICTION: Devils 3, Rangers 1.



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