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Know your enemy: Running With The Devils
What they are saying about the Devils:
Despite the small surge, the Devils are still last in the overall standings, six points behind the Islanders and 24 points behind Atlanta for the last playoff spot in the East. The last 4 games have been nice but just a little too late.
What others are saying: In Lou We Trust
It's clear to me that there's definitely reason to believe the Devils are doing better in the second period under Lemaire. While the Devils are being out-scored in second periods under Lemaire, it's not by much. Moreover, the goals for rate has improved while the goals against rate is dramatically lower. The other big difference is in shots. While it may be due to score effects, the Devils have out-shot their collective opposition in the second period, whereas the opposition had the advantage under MacLean.
Season series: 2-0 Pens.
Last meeting: December 6 - Pens won 2-1.
It doesn't need to be said again, but we'll say it anyway. The Penguins have won 10 straight games, and they don't even have a second line. Malkin is banged up, Staal's hand almost fell off. Two weeks from now, a healthy Malkin and Staal will be added to a team on a roll.
Brent Johnson will be in net.
Malkin's injury is "undisclosed."
The Devils have won three of their last four. They lost four straight in the four games prior.
Brodeur will probably be in net tonight.
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Penguin Killer: Patrik Elias. In 66 career games against the Pens he has 57 points.
One of our fondest memories from that season. The air was filled with rumors as the Penguins were meeting with the city of Pittsburgh that night. We were at the game, expecting some type of announcement. Elias peed on everyone in the shootout.
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Penguins Projected Lines:
Chris Kunitz - Dustin Jeffrey - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Max Talbot - Chris Conner
Craig Adams - Mark Letestu - Arron Asham
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland
Devils Projected Lines from Empty Netters:
Ilya Kovalchuk - Travis Zajac - Nick Palmieri
Brian Rolston - Patrik Elias - Dainius Zubrus
Vladimir Zharkov - Jason Arnott - Mattias Tedenby
Rod Pelley - Tim Sestito - David Clarkson
Colin White - Andy Greene
Anton Volchenkov - Mark Fraser
Henrik Tallinder - Mark Fayne