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Penguins Game Day (Game 8: Devils)

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The Penguins welcome The New Jersey Devils to the CONSOL Energy Center today in an afternoon bout. It’s the first time the two clubs have met up this year. The Penguins are coming off of a HUGE win in Madison Square Garden against the Rangers that saw Vokoun capture his 49th career Shutout. The Devils are coming off of their third Overtime loss in a row on Thursday night, as the Islanders tied them for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Today’s game will be a true test of what the Penguins can do as the Devils have proven that buying into a system and executing it can go a long way.  The Penguins will be going with Fleury in net after he sat out against the Rangers on Thursday night, and was pulled in the third period two nights earlier against the Islanders. Boychuk will make his Penguins debut, look for him to play minutes with Malkin and Neal early on in the game.

The Devils are strong despite losing last summers top free agent Zach Parise, they have been able to work together and play the system set by the coach, which has helped them to have continuous success early in this season. They will work hard to continue their points streak and take back sole position of 1st place in the Atlantic. Expect the aging but never failing Broduer to get the nod today.

Game Time: 1:00pm est

Devils: 3-0-3

Penguins: 4-3-0

What to Watch For

Boychuk makes his debut today, look for him to try and prove that he can make a positive impact with his new team.

Kovalchuk, Look fr Ilya to lead the charge today. He is one player who enjoys playing the Penguins, it also appears he has a distaste for Sidney Crosby.

Look for Despres to continue his consistency as he becomes better and better each night.

Bounce back Fleury, this is a game Fleury needs to win, if not for himself for the fans to once again believe.

 

 

 

 

 

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.