Pittsburgh Penguins (8-3-0) @ New Jersey Devils (6-1-3)
ROOT, MSG PLUS, NHLN-US – 1:00 pm/et
Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
This is the quarter-point of the Pens' 2013 season (12×4=48). It's also the first game of a home-and-home against the Devils. The Pens are currently one point ahead of the Devils in the standings for the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference leads. The Devils have played one fewer game.
Season Series: 1-0-0
Last meeting that counted: February 2, 2013. Penguins won 5-1.
What we said in our recap:
The Pens were up 2-1 going into the third period. The Devils were piss all game but hanging around. Letang got the puck in the high slot, took his time, and sniped Brodeur. Pens rolled from there.
The Pens are a strange case. They have some issues up front, but we will say this: the defense looks better with Bortuzzo and Despres getting some minutes. Once Niskanen gets back, we can feel a whole lot better. They held the Devils to 15 shots, which made the day easy for Marc-Andre Fleury.
There is nothing better than beating the Devils.
Know Your Enemy: Running with the Devils
What they're saying:
The winning streak has now reached 3 straight games! Unfortunately the Pittsburgh Penguins embarrassed the Washington Capitals so the Atlantic Division lead still belongs to the Pens, but that can change on Saturday. Bring on the Penguins (and a snowstorm)! The puck drops in Prudential Center at 1 P.M.
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:
Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Orpik – Martin
New Jersey Devils Lines:
Matteau – Zajac – Kovalchuk
Lines via Daily Faceoff.
"You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?"