Game 17 Preview: Those Pesky Penguins Again

NJ heads back on the road tonight and puts their 8 straight road victories to start the season on the line tonight. Once again the Devils find themselves in Pittsburgh to take on the defending champs. The last time we made a trip to Pittsburgh, the Devils put on quite a show for us.

The Matchup:  The New Jersey Devils (12-4-0) @ the Pittsburgh Penguins (12-6-0). This is the second meeting of the season and the second time the game is being played in Pittsburgh, The Devils and Penguins are tied atop of the Atlantic Division with 24 pts and trail the Conference leading Capitals by 2 pts.

The Last Devils Game: The Devils won their sixth straight last night easily defeating a struggling Anaheim Ducks squad. Jamie got a nice tip-in, Clarkson dragged one home and Parise capped it off with his first ever shorthanded goal that was a thing of beauty. ( I know, do to technical circumstances, there was no review of last night’s game..)

The Last Penguins Game: After getting shut out 5-0 by the Sharks, it would seem a Bruins team that doesn’t score much would have been just what Mario ordered but the Bruins shut the Pens out 3-0. Pens lost Brooks Orpik to injury during that game.

The Last Devils / Penguins Game: The Devils ended the Penguins 9 game winning streak by the score of 4-1. It was probably the best game of the season for the Devils up to that point and the Ottawa win might be the only that tops it so far this season. The Devils did get a lucky bounce to start the scoring.

Tonights Matchup: Keep it going. Whatever mind set they are in right now is working. I am sure the Penguins are looking to put a stop to their current scoreless skid so I do expect them to throw everything at the Devils to begin the game. Injuries are still an issue for NJ but let the Devils remember all the little things they’ve been doing the last 6 games and these injuries are easy to overcome. Marty loves playing in the igloo which is a good thing for us.I expect Rolston and Elias to be in the lineup tonight and think that maybe Corrente will be taking Murphy’s spot on D tonight.

Let’s just remember, these are the defending Stanley Cup champs coming off back to back shutouts….Think this says it best…

 



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