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Today we finally lay to rest an offseason of trials and tribulations. No longer can we lament about the losses of old number 17 and 23. It's about the future, and it's about Devils hockey.

The wait is over. In just a few short hours, it begins anew.

Tags: Analysis, cory schneider, Hockey, Marek Zidlicky, michael ryder, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Notes, opening night, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pregame Thoughts, Ryane Clowe, Sidney Crosby
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Although the schedule has been repeatedly termed as "fluid," it seems obvious the NHL is preparing for a MASSIVE opening day and night with almost every team on the docket. Some teams, particularly in the Atlantic, have had their tentative openers leaked. While the Devils remain tight-lipped, it's seems pretty obvious if you follow the breadcrumbs:

? Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) January 10, 2013Which, as Gulitti points out, leaves the Devils, Islanders, Sabres, Lightning and Hurricanes floating in the wind, so to speak. Due to the East have 15 teams, either one or three of those teams will have to be idle Saturday and given the NHL's apparent attempt to blow the speakers out the box, we'd put our money on the former. Which leads one to think...

Tags: CBA, Coliseum, Devs, Isles, lockout, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, NHL, opening day, opening night, Rumblings, Schedule
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