Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. New Jersey Devils GameDay, Odds, TV/Radio, And Preview


After Wednesday’s loss to the Capitals in Washington, the Pittsburgh Penguins (27-13-8 , 62 points) kept their bags packed as they headed to the Garden State to take on the Devils tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The Pens did not lose any ground in the Metropolitan Division and are still in second place. They remain three points behind the New York Islanders (32-15-1, 65 points). The Isles lost at home Thursday 5-2 to the Boston Bruins. They are return to the ice Saturday, Jan. 31 when they travel to Detroit to take on the Red Wings.

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Adam Oates‘ and Scott Stevens‘ squad has won two in a row with their 2-1 shootout victory at home on Wednesday over the Toronto Maple Leafs. New Jersey’s record is 18-22-8, 44 points and they are in seventh place in the division. The Devils are 8-7-6 at home this season, and are 5-4-1 in their last 10 contests.

New Jersey is seeking to claim their third consecutive victory tonight. It should be noted they are 14 points behind the New York Rangers for the final wild card spot of the Eastern Conference.

This evening is the fourth of five regular-season meetings between the Metro combatants. Pittsburgh won the first contest 8-3 Tuesday, Oct. 28, and captured the second matchup 1-0 Tuesday, Dec. 2. The Devils defeated the Penguins 3-1 Monday, Dec. 29 at the Prudential Center. The Black and Gold are 10-6-5 on the road this season, and are 3-4-3 over their last 10 games.

When: Friday, Jan. 30

Puck Drop: 7:05 p.m., ET

Site: Prudential Center

Television: ROOT Sports Network

Announcers: Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey

Radio Coverage: 105.9 FM – The X and the Penguins Radio Network

Announcers: Mike Lange and Phil Bourque

Live Video Steam: NHL GameCenter LIVE

Audio Stream: Penguins Radio 24/7

Sirius XM Satellite Radio: XM Internet 942

Odds: Penguins -1.5 According to Bovada Online Sportsbook with the Over/Under at 5.

The Prudential Center has not been a place where the Black and Gold comes away with victory. The Devils have won the last five home matchups with the Pens, and are 14-3-0 against them since the 2008-2009 campaign. Pittsburgh is 5-12-3 all-time at the Pru.

New Jersey left wing Mike Cammalleri has 21 points and is tied for third on the team with center Patrik Elias. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound forward leads the Jersey Boys in power play goals with six and game-winning scores with five.

According to Tom Gulitti of Fire And Ice, the Devils will start Cory Schneider in goal tonight. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound netminder is 5-1-0 in his last seven starts and has allowed more than two goals in only one of those contests. On the other hand, the Marblehead, Mass. native is 1-4-0 with a 2.81 goals against average in his career against the Penguins.

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  • According to Jason Mackey of the Tribune Review, the numbers are there for a turn around. In the three games prior to Wednesday’s contest, the Penguins recorded 33.3 shots per game which is 1.8 above their average and put up 44.7 hits per contest which is 13.7 above their average. They need to win the faceoff battle as the 38 percent success rate against the Caps was 11 points below their 49.1 percent rate for the season.

    Sidney Crosby is averaging 1.16 points per game which ties him with the Flyers’ Jakub Voracek for first in the NHL. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound center has three goals in three games this season against New Jersey.

    Jack Cassidy for the Associated Press is reporting that Marc-Andre Fleury will start between the pipes for the Pens. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound goaltender has put up five shutouts against New Jersey, but keep in mind the the Sorel, Quebec native has also lost to the Devils 27 times in his career.

    Up Next: The Black and Gold return to CONSOL Energy Center on Sunday, Feb. 1 when they host the Nashville Predators (31-10-6, 68 points). They will drop the puck at 2 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.

    From The Clipboard: Center Max Lapierre became the 34th skater to play for the Pens this season with his debut Wednesday against Washington…Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo appeared in his 100th career NHL contest Wednesday against the Capitals…Pittsburgh has used 37 players in their first 48 games. Their man-games lost total 214 this season.

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