The Caps are only one point behind the Pens for fourth spot. The Pens haven't won a game in regulation since February 4th. They're 3-4-3 in their last ten. The Devils are 9-1-0. Whatev.
Know your enemy: Running With The Devils
The league is starting to take notice when it comes to the Devils. This is a team that is 9 points out of the final playoff spot and while making up those final 9 points isn't going to be an easy, the Devils are getting respect from other teams in the league. It's hard not to respect this team, having gone 18-2-2 in the last 22.
Season series: Penguins Lead 2-1
Last meeting: January 20, 2011 - Devils Won 2-0
What we said in our recap:
So don't listen to anyone shoving their balls in your face and saying that the Pens are nothing without Crosby and Malkin. Name us one team in the NHL that wouldn't have tough times if you take their two biggest scorers out of the equation. Worst game of the season. Nothing good happened. No clue why anyone's reading this.
Jordan Staal cut his hair. We assume it was done to cut down on wind resistance.
Twenty years ago today Francis, Samuelsson and Jennings became Penguins.
Back-to-back games, so Brent Johnson will probably start today.
The Devils are 18-2-2 in their last 22.
They're still 10 points out of the playoffs.
David Steckel is now a Devil. Empty Netters reports that he's sorry.
Favorite New Jersey-related Photoshop or gif:
Possible Penguins lines:
James Neal - Mark Letestu - Alexei Kovalev
Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Max Talbot - Dustin Jeffrey - Pascal Dupuis
Craig Adams - Mike Rupp - Chris Conner
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Deryk Engelland - Kris Letang
Ben Lovejoy - Matt Niskanen
Devils Lines from Empty Netters:
Ilya Kovalchuk - Travis Zajac - Nick Palmieri
Brian Rolston - Patrik Elias - Dainius Zubrus
Vladimir Zharkov - Dave Steckel - David Clarkson
Rod Pelley - Jacob Josefson - Mattias Tedenby
Colin White - Anton Volchenkov
Henrik Tallinder - Mark Fayne
Anssi Salmela - Andy Greene