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Saturday, December 27th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (18-6-8-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (8-18-5-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to halt a four-game winless streak (0-3-1) tonight, when they skate against the New Jersey Devils at Mellon Arena.

Pittsburgh fought to a 3-3 tie with the Ottawa Senators Friday night. Tom Kostopoulos scored two first-period goals and Steve McKenna also scored for the Penguins in the tie. Kostopoulos has delivered three of his four career goals against Ottawa and Patrick Lalime.

Sebastien Caron made 41 saves in the loss. Caron is 4-11-2 between the pipes this season.

The Penguins are just 2-12-2-3 on the road this season. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh has tallied a 6-6-3-0 home mark on the year.

New Jersey is winless (0-1-1) in its last two contests after falling 4-3 in overtime to the New York Islanders Friday night. Martin Brodeur stopped just 20 of the 24 shots he faced for New Jersey, which trailed 3-0 before scoring three straight goals to earn a point.

Patrik Elias and Jeff Friesen each had a goal and an assist in the losing effort. Brian Rafalski chipped in a goal in the defeat.

New Jersey fell to 3-1-1-1 in its last six games. The Devils failed to score on two opportunities with the man advantage.

The Devils have recorded an impressive 9-2-5-0 road mark this season.

New Jersey has dominated this series in recent years, winning both meetings this season. The Devils are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings between these clubs starting in the 2000-01 campaign. New Jersey has won five straight in Pittsburgh.

12/27 10:18:52 ET


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