The Malkin-less, Crosby-less, Orpik-less (wow, does Pittsburgh have any relevent players dressing tonight..oh yea, Alex Kovalev...hahahaha, ummm did it just awkward in here or is it just me??) head to NJ to take on the red hot NJ Devils. Yea, that's right Paul Martin, NJ is a hot hot team at the moment so STFU..
The Broadcast: TV: MSG+(HD); Radio - 660 AM WFAN
The Last Devils Game: Tampa Bay skated into town and lets be honest, they did a pretty good job but Marty was a little better and Kovalchuk slapped home the game winner that few in this league would have been able to stop. The Devils are 18-2-2 in their last 21 games.
The Last Penguins Game: Mikhail Grabovski put home the game winner in OT to give the Leafs a 3-2 OT victory over the Pens. Pittsburgh is 3-4-3 in their last 10 and I'll be honest, it appears to a person who doesn't watch Pittsburgh a lot that Crosby and Malkin are that team. Since their departure from the lineup, they really aren't the same team BUT they are currently a playoff team so they are in better shape at the moment then the Devils are.
Tonight's Game: Keep doing what we've been doing. Get after the puck, get it on net and the way things have been going, for god sakes let Kovalchuk keep shooting.
Also, be ready for the Pens to be chippy. The lead the league in penalties, are playing frustrated hockey at the moment so I would imagine a few hooks and cross checks are coming our way tonight. Just keep your cool and don't retaliate. We all know the Caps/Pens rivalry and I am sure Steckel will be on the minds of the Pens tonight. Honestly though, the Steckel-Crosby hit wasn't dirty. Even before he put on the Devils sweater I thought that.
Hopefully NJ can test Fleury (if that's who is in net tonight) early and often and find a way to convert the man-advantage oppurtunities that Pittsburgh is sure to give us tonight.
As a side note, congratulations to David and Brittany Clarkson. They have welcomed a baby girl into the Devils family. McKinnley, 7lb 4 oz. 19 1/4 in. If David is in the lineup tonight, please be ready for some Penguin goons to try and congratulate you with their fists.