Fresh off a highly entertaining shootout win against the Buffalo Sabres, the Penguins head to New Jersey tonight to face off against the Division leading Devils. Although the Penguins did surrender a two goal lead last night, the most important thing is they managed to get the two points. I’ll take two points any day of the week against the conferencing leading Sabres. Marc Andre Fleury gave up four goals on 19 shots and on paper it looks like he had a awful game but in all honesty he was very strong between the pipes. The second goal Drury scored, Fleury had no chance and you can’t fault Fleury for the third goal as Daniel Briere is going to score on a breakaway every once in a while. He is one of the top players in the game. The 4th goal with less than ten seconds left in the game has to go on the coaching staff for the personnel decisions they made late in the game. Brooks Orpik had an exceptional game and was hitting anything that moved but once again Joe Melichar was out their in the final minutes and was beat in front of the net for the tying goal. Just take a damn penalty in front of the net when there’s less than 30 seconds to play. The coaching staff has too look into shortening the bench in the final 5-7 minutes of the game when they are preserving a lead.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New Jersey Devils
Probable Goaltenders Jocelyn Thibault – Marty Broduer
Georges Laraque was scratched last night due to back spasms is a game time decision tonight.
– The Penguins‚Äô overall record is 38-21-10, with 86 points in 69 games. They have 236 goals-for and 217 goals-against.
– The Devils‚Äô overall record is 42-19-8, with 92 points in 69 games. They have 186 goals-for and 167 goals-against.
– Both teams are red hot as the Penguins are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games while the Devils are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games.
– How important is this game? If Penguins want any hope of catching the Devils in the Atlantic Division, they must win tonight.