Pittsburgh Penguins (35-11-0) @ New Jersey Devils (18-18-10)
ROOT, NBCSN, MSG PLUS, 7:30 pm/et
Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
Two games left, both against non-playoff teams. The Pens can't go anywhere in the standings, so we're just hoping for no more injuries.
Season Series: 1-2-0
Last meeting that counted: February 10, 2013. Penguins lost 3-1.
What we said in our recap:
We're not exactly sure how much to take away from this home-and-home weekend series against the defending Eastern Conference champion, who are proving last season was no fluke.
The Pens have a couple days off before the Senators come to town Wednesday night. Time to get healthy.
The Pens were missing two of their top-four defensemen for the series. That's pretty much the only bright side from these two games, if you want to call it that.
Sidney Crosby was a nonfactor all weekend. The Pens scored 2 goals, both on the power play.
The Devils are the class of the Atlantic Division and probably the entire conference.
Even with a depleted blue line, the lack of offense all weekend raises some eyebrows. The Zach Boychuk Experiment isn't amounting to much. Pascal Dupuis is on the Penguins' top line.
So… a few things have changed since that was written.
Know Your Enemy: In Lou We Trust
What they're saying:
Pittsburgh's additions during the season have also made up for Neal and Crosby being out of the lineup. Iginla is a powerful winger and he's got five goals, four assists, and 31 shots on net in 11 games with Pittsburgh. He dropped eight on Buffalo; he will surely be one for the Devils defenders to watch for tonight. Brendan Morrow has put up five goals, six assists, and 19 shots in 13 games with Pittsburgh. While not as shot-happy, he's been productive and therefore commands some respect. Jussi Jokinen has been the "third" guy but he's been similarly effective with four goals (on nine shots) and four assists in eight games with Pittsburgh. They were each acquired to bolster the team's depth. Due to injuries, they've been asked to step up and for the most part, they have. It should make them more dangerous on paper going into the playoffs if/when Neal and Crosby return.
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:
Dupuis – Malkin – Iginla
Letang – Eaton
New Jersey Devils Lines:
Henrique – Loktionov – Kovalchuk
Greene – Larsson
Lines via Daily Faceoff.
Look at the Penguins lines and imagine what you would say if someone told you those would be the lines in game 47 back when we were at game one.
Sullivan and Kostopoulos return to FACE Pittsburgh.