Saturday, October 24, 2009

Penguins Game Day 11 - vs. New Jersey Devils

NJ Devils


7:30 PM, Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA

The Devils come to town today, just as the Penguins had a pretty nice comeback victory over the Floriday Panthers (now when I say pretty nice I mean two terrible periods and a comeback victory with a balls out third).
Last year the Penguins went 3-1-2 against the Devils and they have really always been successful against Marty Brodeur. Brodeur has lost three of his last four starts against the Penguins and Brodeur has been pulled more against the Penguins than any other team in the NHL. I have no idea where I would find the actual numbers, but I do know that was I said was true.
Brodeur is only one shutout shy of tying Terry Sawchuk for the most shutouts ever. Sawchuk holds the record with 103.

To be honest, Brodeur isn't even the Devil player I am most worried about. I think one of the most underrated players in the NHL today is Zach Parise. He makes that Devils team tick and he can change a game in an instant. He leads the Devils with 10 points (5+5) and he is one of the best talents in the NHL. He always gets overlooked. Last season Parise accounted for 18.9% of the Devils offense (thanks to Penguins.com for that) so you know who the Penguins need to shut him down.
I could talk about how the Penguins need this win because it is a division game and that MAF is back and they need to play a good three periods, but you already know that. Lets do it.

Here is the projected lines from the Penguins website

Forwards
Kunitz-Crosby-Guerin
Dupuis-Malkin-Fedotenko
Cooke-Staal-Kennedy
Rupp-Adams-Godard

Defense
Orpik-Goligoski
Eaton-Letang
McKee-Skoula

Netminder
Fleury
Lets Go Pens

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