Gameday #8: v. New Jersey Devils

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS v. New Jersey Devils

Consol Energy Center, 1:00PM, Root Sports, NHL Network (local blackout)

The Pens are coming off a huge win against the Rangers. The Devils started 3-0, since then they have lost their last three, all of which came in overtime. As such the Devils sit one point ahead of the Penguins going into play today. As such this is another crucial affair for the Penguins. Here’s where everything stands heading in to play today.

Overall Pens sit in 8th place

Overall Pens sit in 8th place

You may say it’s too early for this kind of chart but at the end of the day the Pens will have actually played 1/6 of their schedule today. There’s a lot of hockey to be played, but the Pens need wins. If they get on a roll now, the season can take care of itself.

Yohe is reporting that Fleury will play today. Dustin Jeffrey is expected to play with Crosby and Dupuis, or at least that’s how it was in practice yesterday (Kunitz has been sick). And the newly acquired Zach Boychuk will debut with Geno and Epic Neal Time.

Speaking of Boychuk his BFF is apparently Brandon Sutter, hopefully being reunited will be good for both of them.

The Pens and Devils will meet three times in the next 8 days. They only play each other 4 times all year. Despite being based in New Jersey and featuring only seven Americans, none of whom are from Baltimore or San Francisco, the lead story on the Devils website is “Devils make Super Bowl XLVII picks.”

Brodeur has played all but one game for the Devils so far, and he’ll probably play today. Remember when he really seriously considered retiring after last year? Yeah, me either.

Pens/Devils are always hard fought battles. The Pens are back at home and the crowd will definitely suck, given that it’s a day game. Bylsma felt the need to address the Pens’ early failures at home yesterday. It’s time for the Pens to make a statement.

Shabutie. Go Pens.

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