Pittsburgh Penguins (43-21-5) @ New Jersey Devils (41-25-5)
TV: ROOT, MSG Plus
Prudential Center - Newark, New Jersey
Games against the Devils and especially games in New Jersey have not been kind to the Penguins. Despite the 10-game winning streak, the Devils are only four points behind Pittsburgh. They have played one more game though.
The Devils are going to wear their retro green and red uniforms for St. Patrick's Day again. They first did this on St. Patrick's Day 2010 and they beat the Pens 5-2.
Season Series: 1-3-0
Last meeting that counted: February 5, 2012. Penguins lost 5-2.
What we said in our recap:
Kovalchukdid whatever he wanted to do. Pens looked tired. Apparently TK got hurt.
Know Your Enemy: Running With The Devils
What they're saying:
The Devils have been good but the Penguins have been GREAT. I don’t hesitate to tell you that I honestly believe that if you are an Eastern Conference team and want to appear in the Cup finals, you will HAVE to beat Pittsburgh in order to get there. That’s not saying that Pittsburgh is the team that will get to the finals, although I have them there at the moment, I am just saying I believe them to be the strongest team in the East. If I had to call it right now, I would say we will be seeing a rematch of the 2008 and 2009 Cup Finals.
Favorite Devils-Related Image, Photoshop or Gif:
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Empty Netters:
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Steve Sullivan - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Sidney Crosby - Tyler Kennedy
Arron Asham - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams
Kris Letang - Paul Martin
Brooks Orpik - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Deryk Engelland
Brad Thiessen/Marc-Andre Fleury
Not sure if it'll be Flower or Kapowski today.
Possible New Jersey Devils lines from Empty Netters:
Zach Parise - Adam Henrique - Ilya Kovalchuk
Petr Sykora - Patrik Elias - Dainius Zubrus
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Jacob Josefson - David Clarkson
Steve Bernier - Ryan Carter - Cam Janssen
Andy Greene - Mark Fayne
Bryce Salvador - Marek Zidlicky
Anton Volchenkov - Adam Larsson
Flyers on the horizon. Don't fall into the trap.