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Penguins Game Day (Game 13: Devils)

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In game two of the weekend Home and Home series, the Penguins host the New Jersey Devils at the CONSOL Energy Center. After an atrocious game by the Penguins yesterday, the Devils hope they can build off of their success and take a three point lead in the standings. It’s imperative that the  Pens become more responsible and stay out of the Penalty box as they had 10 Penalties in their last game.

The Devils came out a bit slow last game and gave up a quick power play goal in the first period. Brodeur was solid after letting up that goal as he proved why he is the best to play the game. Once the second period started New Jersey seemed to have opened things up a bit tying the game in the second and adding two more in the third to take the win in Brodeur’s 1,200 NHL game.

Game Time: 7:30pm est

Devils ( 7-1-3) at Penguins (8-4-0)

What to Watch for

Johan Hedberg gets the start for the Devils tonight, look for him to play just as well as Brodeur did yesterday.

Crosby had his 6 game point streak ended yesterday, expect him to make an impact on the outcome today.

Penalties. The Penguins need to stay out of the box to have a chance to win, they can not have another game where they get 29 Penalty minutes and expect to win.

Kovalchuk is looking good. Don’t be surprised if he has a little more fire in his eyes tonight as he looks to lead his team to their 5th straight victory.

(**Update**) Joe Morrow has been called up from Wilkes-Barre and is expected to make his NHL debut tonight against the Devils.

Prediction

If New Jersey keeps playing like they did yesterday and the Penguins do not adjust, expect the Devils to take this game in another hard hitting hard fought game.

If the Penguins stay out of the box and learn how to dump and chase in 5 on 5 play, then the Penguins may have a shot.

Unfortunately I feel the Devils take this game as the Penguins may not be able to adjust.

Around the League

Boston plans on extending Tuuka Rask at some point this season.  (csnne.com)

Phil Kessel isn’t necessarily available for trade, but the Leafs are not opposed at listening to offers. (theglobeandmail.com)

 

- Robert

Follow me on Twitter @Rslavi_HTPens

 

Robert Slavinsky

Pittsburgh Penguins writer for hockeytracker.net. Since my childhood I have followed hockey, from the years of The Great One up to The Next One I have followed the fastest sport on ice. Growing up in Pittsburgh PA, I have had the privilege to witness some of Hockey's Greats. Since the days of Le Magnifique no other team in Pittsburgh has mattered to me but the Penguins.