Regular Season Game 1: Islanders @ Devils

5:15 PM — With the Devils not holding a morning skate, and the Islanders only having an optional, my start to the 2013-14 National Hockey League regular season got off to a later start than I was anticipating.  But, after a brief hiatus to focus on the Atlantic League postseason, I’ll be back as The Trentonian’s national hockey writer, which will include coverage…well, everywhere.  I’m based in New Jersey, so there will certainly be an East Coast focus, but I’ll do my best to bring you stories from all over the hockey world.

But, for now, it’s the Devils home opener, which also serves as the Islanders season opener.

The plan for a few days now was to start Cory Schneider between the pipes for New Jersey in their season opener — they did, and they lost in Pittsburgh — and have Martin Brodeur start the home opener.  That, of course, raises the questions if this will be Brodeur’s final home opener…but that’s nothing new.  I’d imagine he’s been dealing with those questions for years now, and I’m not adding to them.

Anyway, be sure to check out my print previews of the 2013-14 NHL season, New Jersey Devils season and New York Rangers season.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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