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Tonight’s Wings-Devils game is a pretty big game

Mar 4, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

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Lost in all today’s trade talk, there are actual games in the NHL tonight. Ten of them, to be specific. And perhaps none bigger from a making-or-missing-the-playoffs perspective than Detroit at New Jersey.

Consider: If the Red Wings win in regulation, the Devils would fall five points back of the final wild card spot in the East, with just 19 games left to catch up. If, however, New Jersey wins in regulation, depending how Columbus does at home versus Dallas, the Devils could climb all the way to within a point of a playoff spot, with another game Friday against the Wings (in Detroit).

Defenseman Bryce Salvador and winger Damien Brunner are both expected back in the lineup for the Devils, per The Record.

“It should be a fun game,” Brunner said. “A lot of faces I know over there. It’s going to be a big game for us. We play them back-to-back here. We’re both in the playoff race. There’s going to be four big points on the line.”

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Brodeur to start for Devils
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  1. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Mar 4, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Also it will be Brodeur’s 1250th regular season game start for the Devils.

    One big piece of history.

    And if he gets a SO….it will mark 125 regular season in his career.

    • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      And if he loses, it will be his 439th regular season loss.

  2. rbbbaron - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    No Datsyuk, so that seems to work in his favor. Side remark: too bad there are no Wings players left to avenge the ’95 playoffs }:-}

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