Published on February 9th, 2013 | by James Conley0
Penguins Precap 12 – New Jersey Devils
Riding high on a five-game winning streak, the Pittsburgh Penguins (8-3-0) travel to Newark to face the New Jersey Devils. The Devils, working on a three-game winning streak of their own, rank second behind the Penguins in the Atlantic Division with 15 points in 10 games (6-1-3), one point behind the Penguins’ 16.
While the Penguins took the first game of the season series 5-1, the Devils still own a game in hand.
Marc-Andre Fleury figures to start opposite Martin Brodeur in the first game of the weekend home-and-home series after earning a win over the Devils last Saturday.
The Devils have won three straight since being beaten by the Penguins last Saturday, with victories over the Rangers, Islanders and Lightning. Like Pittsburgh, New Jersey has enjoyed a strong start within the division, going 4-1-1 within the Atlantic. Their 15 points are tied with Boston for second-most in the conference.
Evan Mulgrave is Slew Footers’ resident insult columnist and David Puddy avatar. Here’s his prediction for Saturday’s game.
Devils win at home, 2-1 despite the blizzard that cuts power to the arena for 45 minutes. In the interim, Geno leaves arena to make snow angels, and doesn’t return for 3rd period.
Pittsburgh has won its last three meetings with the Devils by a combined 15-5 margin. A win Saturday will give them a 6-1-0 record within the division, an immeasurably strong start in a season in which 40 percent of the schedule is to be played within the Atlantic.
Marc-Andre Fleury will start opposite Martin Brodeur, who will make his 1,200th career NHL appearance.