So here we go again: Devils-Rangers, Part 3. We get a pregame show tonight (on which the MSG producers decide the Avery-Tucker thing is more significant than the possibility of Marty getting to 500 wins), and the big news for Devils fans is that Jamie Langenbrunner and his glass groin are back in the lineup. Langer apparently is thinking he might play up to 18 minutes; considering how Sutter is holding the “C” for him, we won’t put it past him to skate him that hard. Pookie offers a whopping $5 bet that Langer takes the ice tonight with the “C”. She doesn’t get any takers.
When we fire things up in the game feed proper, Doc leads things off by misspeaking, “We’re dying to bust out of here.” Schnookie grumbles, “We’re dying to bust out of here too, Doc.” The stories we’re supposed to be following tonight are the return of Langer and the return to New Jersey of a certain dead-to-us former Devil. Chico, in showing us some highlights of Gomer celebrating a goal, says, “The Devils are going to try to turn that smile upside down.” Pookie: “That’s not an upside-down smile. That’s a frown.”
19:46 It’s another late-arriving crowd in the expensive seats at the Rock. Seriously, Devils, would it kill you to start at 7:30?