After a four-hour TiVo delay, it’s awfully late to just be starting this game; without any further ado, let’s just get this going. So yeah, it’s the poopy Islanders again, we’re without Madden, we’re with Tallackson, and we zap over the pregame.
19:21 Paulie strips an Islander in the near corner of the Devils zone, then, with the Islander draped all over him, puckhandles around behind the net and up and out past the blue line. Schnookie: “That was kick-assedly good by Paulie.” Pookie: “Don’t you mean groin-grabbingly good? Snowman-shatteringly good?”
19:03 As FSN focuses on Pretty Ricky, Pookie declares: “I always just assume he’s out with a concussion. I’m always surprised when he’s starting.”
18:19 Doc informs us this is the first time since April ’99 that the Devils are without both Madden and Pando. That’s very, very cool. And very, very sad for PandoNation, where we are trying hard to keep ourselves from emotionally falling apart, but it’s an uphill battle.
16:33 Pookie suggested while we watched Sutter exhorting his team on the bench during the fast-forwarded intro that he was saying stuff like, “Come on, boys! It’s not the Islanders tonight! It’s some other team.” However, as the Devils flounder around the neutral zone, Schnookie sighs, “It definitely looks like the Devils are playing the Islanders tonight.” Pookie: “Sutter’s like, ‘No! I said they’re not the Islanders! Gah!’”