NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, March 25rd
(All times eastern)
Pittsburgh Penguins (43-26-7) at New Jersey Devils (42-26-7), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A key battle for the top spots in both the Atlantic
Division and Eastern Conference is on tap tonight in New Jersey, as the Devils
host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Prudential Center.
Pittsburgh is currently leading the Atlantic Division with 93 points, but the
Devils are just two points behind. New Jersey has a game in hand over the
Penguins with seven games remaining in its regular-season schedule. The Pens
are also second in the conference and trail Montreal by three points for the
The Penguins can clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight. New Jersey can
also secure a postseason berth if it beats the Pens, Buffalo gets no points
against Ottawa and Washington gets one or no points against Carolina.
The Devils will try to exact a bit of revenge tonight, as New Jersey was
slammed by the Penguins, 7-1, this past Saturday in Pittsburgh. It was the
third straight loss for the Devils, who have been outscored, 12-3, during the
Evgeni Malkin scored a pair of goals and added an assist to join the 100-point
club as the Pens destroyed the visiting Devils. The win also allowed
Pittsburgh to leap past New Jersey for first place in the Atlantic. Brian
Gionta scored the lone goal while Martin Brodeur was charged with four goals
on 19 shots before being lifted in the third period for the Devils.
New Jersey is 4-3 against the Penguins this season and has taken six of the
last 10 meetings between the clubs. Pittsburgh is 2-0-1 in three trips to the
Prudential Center this year.
The Penguins played on Monday night and were dealt a 4-1 setback by the New
York Islanders. Bill Guerin registered a goal and an assist to lead the Isles
to the home victory at Nassau Coliseum.
Petr Sykora lit the lamp for the Penguins, while Ty Conklin allowed four goals
on 36 shots in defeat.
The Penguins played their sixth straight game without captain Sidney Crosby on
Monday. Last year's Art Ross and Hart Trophy recipient is questionable once
again for tonight's test with a high ankle sprain that has caused him to sit
out 27 of Pittsburgh's last 30 contests.
Pittsburgh had won five of six overall before Monday's setback, but has now
lost five of its last seven on the road. The Penguins are 20-16-2 as the
visiting team this season.
The Devils have a 22-13-2 record in their inaugural season at the Prudential
Center, but have lost two straight and three of their last four tests at the
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