Friday, March 4, 2011

Penguins Game Day 66 - @ New Jersey Devils

 New Jersey Devils

7:00 p.m., Prudential Center, Newark, NJ

It wasn't ideal, but the Penguins got three of four points on their back-to-back road trip to Canada against the Leafs. It wasn't pretty, but I will take it. Sure the Penguins haven't won in regulation in a while and they are really starting to show some holes, but maybe a few days off will help. They will be getting time off because starting on Sunday they will only play four games in the next 14 days.

Despite still being ten points out of a playoff spot the Devils are playing better than anyone in the NHL right now. They are 18-2-2 (or something of such) since January 9th and have yet to lose in regulation at home during that stretch, time to change that.

The Devils pretty much have to be flawless to even get to the playoffs this year. A few losses and they are all but eliminated. Hopefully the Penguins can have a helping hand in that.

The previous match ups:

October 11 - Pittsburgh 3, New Jersey 1

December 6 - Pittsburgh 2, New Jersey 1

January 20 - New Jersey 2, Pittsburgh 0

The Penguins probables:

Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
James Neal - Mark Letestu - Alex Kovalev
Maxime Talbot - Dustin Jeffrey - Pascal Dupuis
Mike Rupp - Craig Adams - Chris Conner

Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Kris Letang - Deryk Engelland
Matt Niskanen - Ben Lovejoy

Brent Johnson

For the Devils

Ilya Kovalchuk - Travis Zajac - Nick Palmieri
Brian Rolston - Patrik Elias - Dainius Zubrus
Vladimir Zharkov - Dave Steckel - David Clarkson
Rod Pelley - Jacob Josefson - Mattias Tedenby

Colin White - Anton Volchenkov
Henrik Tallinder - Mark Fayne
Anssi Salmela - Andy Greene

Brent Johnson

The Stats:

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