6:50 PM — Trenton starters are…
Active roster is…
6:30 PM — Chris Carrozzi and Jeff Lerg are your goalies…
5:15 PM — Today’s a Trentonian day for me, as is tomorrow. I’ll have any relevant lineup updates on here…since, you know, there are just so many options for Kevin Dean to choose from…and will post any video and photos on here during the game. You can also follow my updates on Twitter at mashmore98, where over 1,000 misguided souls already follow me.
5:00 PM — Hockey.org’s Josh Burke has a look at the Trenton Devils last seven days…includes a story on Dave Caruso, which also includes a first look at his brand new mask.
3:55 PM — It’s about three hours before gametime here at Sun National Bank Center, and with every minute that goes by, it’s becoming more and more apparent that ice and hockey sticks will be replaced by grass and golf clubs on April 3rd.
The Devils recycling efforts have continued, as they’ve brought back forward Mike Potacco to replace Kory Nagy, who was called up by AHL Albany earlier today. In nine games, Potacco tallied just one assist, but also didn’t embarrass himself out there, either. However, with other teams signing more experienced free agents, making trades with other teams in the league to fill holes, or acquiring players from other leagues, the move simply doesn’t cut it for a team that desperately needs a boost to be a legitimate playoff contender.
This team has not won more than two in a row since a five-game winning streak from March 24-April 2 last season. But they’ll need two in a row tonight and tomorrow…when you’re last place in the conference, you need to catch every team, but Gwinnett is one of the teams they can realistically catch (and need to realistically catch) to climb up the standings.
Four points. In regulation. Overtime or shootout wins do not cut it. Four for Trenton, none for Gwinnett. 120 minutes of hockey.
There are so many people here who would like nothing more than to see playoff hockey return to the capital city, myself included. Both publicly and privately, I have always said that some of the most fun I have had in nine years of doing this was covering the last two months or so of the 2008-09 team’s remarkable run. But, given that the roster has been allowed to struggle while staying largely untouched by any sort of an impactful acquisition, it seems the T-Devils will be booking tee times once the regular season ends.
Prove me wrong.
3:30 PM — Just to pass on the appropriate stats for Nagy and Potacco, whose respective moves I reported earlier in the day…
Potacco has a 0-1-1 line in 9 games this season. Nagy has 8 goals, 12 assists and 20 points in 42 games with Trenton. This is his second recall to Albany.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com