Game Preview – Game 37: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Your New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Devils (20-15-1, 41 points) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (21-12-4, 46 points)
3:00 PM EST
Radio: WFAN 660 AM
Today’s matinee matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New Jersey Devils will be the second game between the two clubs this season and the first of three at Prudential Center.
Balanced Scoring is Success:
The Devils have won eight of our their last 11 games, and the credit for this success is the balanced scoring seen from the team this season.
The Devils, who currently sit sixth in the Eastern Conference standings with 41 points, are tied with the Philadelphia Flyers with seven skaters with double-digit goals.Patrik Elias is the leading scorer so far this season with 13 goals, but right behind him are Zach Parise (12), David Clarkson (12), Ilya Kovalchuk (11), Petr Sykora (10), Dainius Zubrus (10), and rookie sensation Adam Henrique (10).
Speaking of Adam Henrique, he is the player to watch for the Devils today. Remember, Henrique made the team out of training camp this season, to find himself on the fourth line and not really making the most of his chance. He was sent down to Albany of the American Hockey League to work on his game. Following an injury to Jacob Josefson (broken clavicle), Henrique was recalled and has been on fire since. Currently on a three-game point streak (2 goals, 1 assist), the rookie is second on the team with 18 assists and third on the team with 28 points. He is only seven points, behind Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the rookie lead in scoring.
Last Game Against Pittsburgh:
NJD (L) @ PIT (W)
Final Score: 4-1
Devils Goal Scorers: Patrik Elias
Pittsburgh Goal Scorers: Staal (2), Kunitz, Neal
For more game stats from this game, click here.
Projected Devils Lineup:
Parise (C) – Henrique – Kovalchuk (A)
Sykora – Elias (A) – Zubrus
Tedenby – Zajac – Clarkson
Boulton – Sestito – Janssen
Salvador – Larsson
Volchenkov – Foster
Tallinder – Fayne
The Latest on the Pittsburgh Penguins:
The Penguins looked to move into a tie with the New York Rangers at the top of the Atlantic Division, but the Philadelphia Flyers prevented that from happening and snapped the Penguins’ four-game winning streak.
Speaking of four-game winning streaks, the Penguins look to win their fourth straight against the Devils, despite Martin Brodeur starting in net who has a 8-1-1 with a 0.79 GAA and four shutouts in his last 10 starts versus Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is also 1-4-1 in their last six road games against the Devils.
The Penguins will need an offensive surge from center Jordan Staal, which shouldn’t be a problem considering his success against New Jersey. He’s currently on a three-game goal-scoring streak, giving him 15 so far on the season, projecting him for 36 total this season. In his last two games against the Devils, Staal has three goals and an assist.
Projected Penguins Lineup:
Kunitz – Malkin – Neal
Cooke – Staal – Kennedy
Sullivan – Vitale – Dupuis
Williams – Adams – Asham
Orpik – Niskanen
Despres – Michalek
Lovejoy – Picard
Posted on December 31, 2011, in Devils Army, Game Preview, New Jersey Devils, NHL and tagged Adam Henrique, Devils, fleury, hockey, Ilya Kovalchuk, james neal, jordan staal, malkin, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey, NHL, Patrik Elias, Penguins, Pittsburgh, sidney crosby, Zach Parise. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.