NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, November 12th
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (6-8-2) at Pittsburgh Penguins (7-9-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - New Jersey's Martin Brodeur is quickly discovering last
season is a thing of the past. Ditto for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who will
host Brodeur's Devils tonight at Mellon Arena.
Brodeur set a single-season record with 48 wins last year to go along with a
solid 2.18 goals-against average in 78 starts. However, the 35-year-old is off
to a slow start this year, going just 5-8-1 in 14 starts with a 2.77 GAA.
The future Hall-of-Famer managed 20 saves on Saturday, but it wasn't enough as
the Devils fell to the New York Islanders, 2-1. Dainius Zubrus tallied the
lone goal for New Jersey, which has dropped three of its last four contests,
all against fellow division residents.
With the loss, Brodeur remained one win shy of becoming just the second
goaltender in league history to reach 500 victories, joining Patrick Roy
The Devils are dead last in the Atlantic Division with 14 points and a 6-8-2
mark. The club has also lost five in a row on the road (0-3-2) in a row and
are 3-6-2 as the visitor this season.
New Jersey, though, is just one point behind Pittsburgh in the standings. The
Penguins have lost three in a row and five of their last six to fall to 7-9-1.
Pittsburgh is stumbling out of the gate this season just one year removed from
its 105-point campaign and second-place finish in the Atlantic.
The Penguins were last in action on Saturday and fell to the rival
Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2.
Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist to extend his points streak to 10
games. He has four goals and 12 helpers in that span. Meanwhile, captain
Sidney Crosby had an assist to stretch his points streak to a career-high 16
games (9 goals, 16 assists).
Crosby has a point in every game this year with the exception of the season-
opening loss to Carolina.
Sergei Gonchar also scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 25 saves.
Pittsburgh has lost three in a row at home (0-2-1) and is 3-4-1 as the host
this season. The club has also lost four of its last five against division
New Jersey and Pittsburgh have split two matchups this season so far, and the
Devils have won five of eight and nine of 13 in the series. New Jersey has
also won its last three trips to the Steel City and five of six.
11/12 10:35:42 ET