The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey has seen its share of quiet, mediocre attendance nights, but throughout the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, we haven’t seen any of them, and tonight is no different. The Rock in Newark is 60% full as the lights went up.
The place is buzzing on its own, but the Devils are doing their best to augment it with a high school drumline adding to the pre-game music. Team employees are handing out large, red glowsticks as well.
Martin Brodeur led the New Jersey Devils onto the ice for Game 1 of a Stanley Cup Finals for the fifth time in his Hall of Fame career. He’s won three times and lost once. There was a loud cheer from the crowd the first time Brodeur took to his goal crease.
The Devils will go with the same lineup as they used in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Rangers, which means playoff contributors like Petr Sykora and Adam Larsson remain scratches, while Jacob Josefson and Peter Harrold are in.