Penguins Play in New Jersey today in a New Years Eve Matinee at 3pm. The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off a disappointing loss to the Flyers on Thursday and are looking to get things turned around quickly.
The Pens were handled on Thursday by some old “Friends” and that could not have left a good taste in their mouths. Especially after Jagr explained after the game that he had more scoring chances against the Penguins than any other team this season. I am positive that was posted somewhere in the locker room or at least in the minds of the penguins defenseman. That should be incentive enough for them to get amped up for New Jersey.
Jordan Staal is a player I would look at tonight as being a player that could have a big game. In his last couple of games against the Devils, he has 3 goals and a couple of Assists. Also, look for Malkin to rebound, after having an average game against the Flyers. The Penguins also sent Picard and Williams back to Wilkes Barre which means Engelland will be back on the ice from his recent suspension. Also, Park skated on Friday, but may not travel with the team. Martin did travel, but probably will not play.
These are the line pairings that skated on Friday and that we could see for today’s game.
The Devils come into tonight’s game winning 8 of their last 11 games. They are not the highest scoring team out there but they have some solid offensive talent, with Elias , Parise and Kovalchuk. Parise is a player that has been a real thorn in the Penguins side since he entered the league. And to make this team a little more difficult to play, Henrik Tallinder(according to Both the Penguins website and confirmed by the Devils Official Website) is back from missing 6 games with Back Spasms. The Devils are currently sporting Rookie Adam Henrique, whom is 2nd in scoring among rookies with 10 goals and 18 assists.
Fleury will be starting in goal tonight for the Pens and Brodeur just started the other night for the Devils so there is a good chance you will see Marty play tonight also. Though, Johan Hedberg has started nearly the same amount of games for the Devils, and is carrying nearly half a point lower goals against average then Brodeur.