The Pittsburgh Penguins have been on a recent tear the past 4 games, totaling 20 goals and only allowing 8 goals throughout that span. The New Jersey Devils on the other hand have score just 11 goals and allowed 8 goals in their past 4 games. Of those four games, one was a match-up between these two clubs where the Penguins slashed the Devils 5-1 in Pittsburgh.
The numbers are in the Penguins favor but looking at the Penguins last 4 games, this is no surprise. The Penguins have played the Capitals twice in the last four games, a Capitals team that leads the league in minor penalties and having major goaltending, defense and offense problems.
As for the Devils, they had the tougher schedule in their last four games. One match-up with the Tampa Bay Lighting who lead the NHL with 42 goals but only managed to score 2 on the Devils while allowing the Devils to score 4. The other match-up was against the New York Rangers, where the Devils scored 3 and only allowed 1 goal.
The New Jersey Devils, in their last 3 games since that blood bath in Pittsburgh, have established their forecheck which carried them to the Stanley Cup Finals last season and on top of that Adam Henrique was taken off IR. They managed to stay out of the box and have climbed over the small slump since the Penguins gave it to them 5-1
The line of Patrick Elias, Adam Henrique and David Clarkson will be key in this match-up with the Penguins. If the Penguins can’t find a way to play against this physical Devils forecheck, it will be a long afternoon for goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
Don’t expect this to be an easy win for the Devils though, it will be a tough battle between these two good clubs, but after a tough hard hitting game the Devils will prevail with a late goal in the third period. Giving the Devils their 4th straight win.
Pittsburgh Penguins – Marc-Andre Fleury
New Jersey Devils – Martin Brodeur
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