NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, October 18th
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (3-2-0) at Pittsburgh Penguins (2-2-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to welcome their
latest phenom to the lineup tonight when they host the New Jersey Devils at
Evgeni Malkin, the second-overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, is slated
to make his regular season debut for the club after missing most of the
preseason and the start of the campaign with a dislocated left shoulder.
Malkin spent last season playing in Russia, tallying 21 goals and 26 assists
in 46 games for Magnitogorsk in 2005-06. Malkin's presence in the center
rotation behind Sidney Crosby gives the Penguins a potential dynamic in the
middle that few teams have had.
The Penguins have lost two of their last three games, including Saturday's 5-1
loss to Carolina. Scott Walker scored two goals to lead the Hurricanes.
Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals on 20 shots and left midway through the
second period with a head injury. Backup Jocelyn Thibault replaced Fleury and
finished with 12 saves.
Kristopher Letang tallied the lone goal for the Penguins.
The Penguins will visit the NY Islanders on Thursday.
New Jersey, meanwhile, had a two-game winning streak ended in Monday's 4-2
loss to the rival Rangers at MSG. Brendan Shanahan and Jason Ward both scored
late second-period goals to lift New York.
Scott Gomez and Travis Zajac both scored for the Devils, while Martin Brodeur
was touched for four goals on 29 shots faced.
Brodeur remains stuck on 449 career wins.
The Devils will host Nashville on Thursday.
Jersey went 5-3 against Pittsburgh last season.
10/18 10:46:34 ET