12:55 PM — Starting lineups are…
TRENTON: Lerg, Nolet, Leaderer, Zajac, Nagy, Prough
READING: Scrivens, Donald, Liotti, Gallant, Scrymgeour, Slaney
TRENTON ACTIVE ROSTER: 1, 31; 7, 8, 20, 23, 26, 27; 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 18, 21, 24, 25, 34
12:45 PM — There will be some blog-only games coming up soon, but this is a Trentonian game for me…so talk amongst yourselves and I’ll have all the post-game chatter you’ve come to expect.
12:10 PM — News! Now with 50 percent less snark!
Justin Coutu has been activated off the IR and Jordon Southorn has been placed on the 21-Day IR…would have to suspect some sort of fracture if he’s out that long.
Ben Scrivens will be in goal for the Royals today…Chris Blight has been called up to AHL Hershey, Vladimir Nikiforov has been activated as well. Brett Gallant will play, Richard Greenop will not.
Myles Stoesz is also likely out for Trenton, with Matt Vokes in.
11:00 AM — Welcome to “Let’s Do Anything We Can To Mess Up The Ice Surface As Close To The Games That Actually Matter” Arena here in Trenton, NJ…two hours before gametime on an unthinkably scheduled 1 PM game (only game in the league today!) and there’s a high school game wrapping up.
Why the chipper mood? I’ve done many things since the final whistle blew here at the LDAWCTMUTICASCTTGTAM Arena, but sleep wasn’t one of them. Suffer a rough Game 7 defeat in a Kings-Devils series in NHL 11 to my buddy Matt? Check. Hint…I wasn’t the Devils. Make a late night stop to Taco Bell for a quad steak burrito and a barrel of Baja Blast Mountain Dew? You got it. Type up my post-game notes? Sure. Have a sausage calzone for breakfast? Absolutely. Read myself in the paper and subsequently beat myself up over two grammatical errors? You know it.
But sleep? No.
So if my game story looks like this — And the Trenton Devils beat the Readnfdsklahgeiohgerilhgerkjnkjhgstrnjgktrh — it’ll be because I fell asleep on my laptop.
Now, if you’ve come here looking for news…well, there’s really not much to say. Royals goalie Daren Machesney was released from his PTO with AHL Worcester today, so who knows if he’s heading back to Reading. And if he did, where would he fit in with Scrivens and Hutchinson already in the fold?
And good news for former Trenton Titans goalie Joel Martin, who signed an NHL contract with the Islanders yesterday. Martin, who played in 32 games for the Titans in 2006-07, started the season with the CHL’s Odessa Jackalopes…but now finds himself one ill-advised goalie attempting to start a brawl with other team and getting his face rearranged by the opposing goalie away from being in the National Hockey League.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com