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Wednesday, January 7th (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (9-23-5-3) at New Jersey Devils (20-8-9-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A day after it was learned that captain Mario Lemieux will miss the remainder of the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins try to halt a four- game losing streak when they visit the defending-champion New Jersey Devils at the Meadowlands.

Lemieux, who has not played since November 1, will undergo surgery to repair tendinitis of his left hip flexor. For the past two months he has been resting and undergoing physical therapy, all with the hope of returning to the lineup.

However, after an MRI test revealed no significant change in his condition, doctors recommended surgery.

The Penguins are last in the National Hockey League with 26 points -- one behind Washington and Columbus. On Monday they were pounded, 5-0, by the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

Sebastien Caron made 29 saves for Pittsburgh, which is 1-7-1-1 in its last 10 tries. With the loss, the Penguins remained the only team in the NHL with single-digit victories, nine.

And things won't get any easier on the road, as the Pens are 0-7-1-3 in their last 11 away contests. Ed Olczyk's club will visit Boston on Thursday.

New Jersey, meanwhile, ended a three-game winless skid (0-2-1) with a 3-2 overtime win over visiting Edmonton on Monday. Patrik Elias assisted on Sergei Brylin's tying goal late in the third period and scored the winner 41 seconds into overtime to lift the Devs.

Scott Gomez set up a pair of goals, including the winner, for New Jersey, which trails Philadelphia by three points in the Atlantic Division race. Turner Stevenson also scored for the Devils, while Martin Brodeur made 23 saves.

New Jersey, 3-0-1-1 in its last five at home, will host Tampa Bay on Friday.

The Devils are 3-0 against the Pens this season, and have taken five straight overall in the series. Pittsburgh has lost two straight meetings at the Meadowlands.

01/07 10:27:09 ET


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