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NHL schedule: When is the Devils’ 2018-19 (non-Sweden) home opener?

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Technically, the Devils ‘ first home game of the 2018-19 season will be played in Sweden, when they will play their first regular-season game against the Edmonton Oilers at 1 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden.

But their actual home opener at Prudential Center in Newark will be on Thursday, Oct. 11, when they host the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. The teams will have a 7 p.m. face-off at The Rock.

The Devils have won their past two home openers at Prudential Center. They beat the Colorado Avalanche, 4-1, in 2017, and they edged the Anaheim Ducks, 2-1, in 2016. Both featured memorable debuts for new Devils. Will Butcher became the first Devil to record three points in his NHL debut against the Avalanche last season, and Taylor Hall scored two goals in his home debu t with the team against the Ducks.

NFL fans might soon have a hard time getting their hands on one of Barkley’s jerseys.

The Giants rookie running back has the No. 1 selling jersey in the NFL during the past month, according to DICK’s Sporting Goods. He was the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

As the impact of New England wide receiver Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension by the NFL takes hold, it’s easy to assume to the Patriots will be able to withstand the blow. After all, we’re talking about a team that lost Edelman for the entire 2017 season and still came within minutes of winning another Super Bowl.

But with key veteran pass catchers like Brandin Cooks (traded to Los Angeles) Danny Amendola (signed with Miami) and Dion Lewis (signed with Tennessee) also out the door this offseason, New England could look for a proven receiver with a track record of success.

Like, say, Dez Bryant.

In a list of possible replacements by ESPN, Bryant’s name was listed at the top.

Feels unlikely, since the Patriots would probably be looking to make a rock-bottom spend on a move like this. If Bryant were willing to sign for a rock-bottom price, he’d probably have a job already.

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