New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins – Game 2 of 4 – November 16, 2013
Devils (6-8-5) TV – MSG+
Devils Radio – WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Penguins (12-7-0) TV – ROOT
The New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins will face off at the Prudential Center for the first time this season. The Devils are hot off of a loss to the Los Angeles Kings last night while the Penguins are hot off a win against the Nashville Predators last night. The Penguins won the first meeting on October 3rd, the Devils’ season opener, 3-0 at the CONSOL Energy Center.
Martin Brodeur (5-3-2, 2.08 GAA) will get the start tonight on the back end of a back-to-back as Cory Schneider was the tough luck loser once again last night. Schneider’s record now stands at 1-5-3 with a 1.98 GAA.
Patrik Elias and Stephen Gionta are both playing tonight and that is always a good sign to see them participate in back-to-backs coming off of an injury. The Devils have had a lot of trouble scoring for Schneider and will look to score a lot of goals tonight because you always have to expect Pittsburgh will score at least two to three goals with the talent that is on their team.
The Devils are now 3-2-2 at home with yesterday’s loss and are still 5-3-2 in their last 10 despite the loss. They sit in the same spot in the Metropolitan standings (T-5th) and the Eastern Conference standings (T-11th) due to the New York Rangers and New York Islanders both being idle last night. The Carolina Hurricanes broke the tie at 3rd with their win last night.
Marc-Andre Fleury will be starting for Pittsburgh tonight. He has had a very good season so far sitting at 11-5-0 with a 2.00 GAA.
Sidney Crosby leads the team in four categories at goals (9), assists (16), points (25), and shots on goal (70). The Penguins’ highly explosive offense is totaling nearly 3 goals per game and sit at just over 31 shots per game. That same offense also has scored 15 powerplay goals good for 22.5%.
The Penguins are 4-4-0 on the road compared to 8-3-0 at home and are 2-8-2 in their last 12 at the Prudential Center (ESPN). The Penguins are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games.
The Penguins sit at the top of the Metropolitan Division with 24 points but are only ahead of the second place Washington Capitals by one point. In the Eastern Conference standings, the Penguins are tied for 3rd with the Detroit Red Wings and are a point behind the second place Boston Bruins.