A Devil of an opener
How dumb was it for the NHL to schedule the first game of the New Jersey Devils in their new home — the Prudential Center in Newark — on the same night, Saturday, that the Rangers, eight miles away, were at home, and the Islanders, 26 miles away, were also at home? Three teams, same huge market, all with 7 p.m. starts, all at home. Just stupid. (Full disclosure policy: I did not attend the game, but I am in a Devils season-ticket consortium.)
Still, it's my understanding that the Newark location is going to make it much easier for Rangers and Isles puckheads to make the trek, meaning New Jersey's bound to have far more sellouts than they ever did at the Meadowlands.
UPDATE Greg Wyshynski was there and had this look at the new digs.