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Wednesday, October 17th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (2-3-0) at Pittsburgh Penguins (2-2-0), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils season-opening nine-game road trip stops in Pittsburgh tonight, as the club will battle the division-rival Penguins at Mellon Arena.

New Jersey is opening the 2007-08 slate with the lengthy swing as it awaits the opening of the brand-new Prudential Center, which will see its first action in the home opener on October 27 versus Ottawa.

But first, the Devils will stop at the home of each of their fellow Atlantic Division residents, starting tonight in Pittsburgh. The club then goes to Philadelphia before battling both New York clubs.

New Jersey is 2-3 on the swing so far after defeating Atlanta, 6-5, on Saturday. Patrik Elias scored a pair of goals in the win, including the game- winning tally with just 27.6 seconds remaining in the game.

With time winding down, Elias one-timed a shot from the high slot through traffic and past Kari Lehtonen, who never saw the shot.

Travis Zajac had a goal and two assists while Paul Martin added three assists in the win. Martin Brodeur made 12 saves in the victory, the 495th of his career.

Zach Parise added two assists in the game, including the 100th point of his career.

The Penguins were also last in action on Saturday, and like the Devils, came out with a victory as well. Sidney Crosby scored his first two goals of the season, including the eventual game-winner, as Pittsburgh outlasted Toronto, 6-4.

Maxime Talbot also had a pair of goals -- including an empty-net goal -- and Ryan Malone and Erik Christensen each tallied for the Pens, who have split their first four games of the season.

Adam Hall notched two assists -- his first points in a Penguins uniform, while Marc-Andre Fleury had 19 saves in relief of Dany Sabourin, who allowed two goals on six shots. Evgeni Malkin also had a helper, giving him an assist in each of the Penguins' first four games.

Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik left the game midway through the second period when he was hit by the stick of Leafs' winger Simon Gamache. A stretcher was brought out, but Orpik made it off the ice under the aid of his teammates and is doubtful for tonight's game with a head injury.

Tonight is the first of two straight home games for the Penguins.

New Jersey won five of eight against Pittsburgh last season, and has also won eight of the last 11 in the series. The Devils have also won two straight and four of five at Mellon Arena.

10/17 10:34:27 ET


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