Two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference will meet on Saturday, when the Pittsburgh Penguins travel east to take on the New Jersey Devils.
The Penguins currently sit second in the Eastern Conference with 16 points, while the Devils are fourth with 15. The Penguins came into Thursday having won four games in a row, while the Devils have won two games in a row and have only lost one game in regulation this season.
With plenty of stars to watch and two very talented teams matching wits, this promises to be an excellent game.
When: Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Watch: NHL Network; ROOT (Pittsburgh); MSGP (New Jersey)
Listen: XM Internet (942); XM 212 (Internet 935)
Streaming: NHL Gamecenter
Penguins Injuries (via USA Today)
D Matt Niskanen, Lower Body, Out
Devils Injuries (via USA Today)
None to report
Penguins Player to Watch: Sidney Crosby, C
For Pittsburgh, it's all about Crosby. Isn't it always?
The star center has registered points in five straight games and has only failed to do so in two games so far this season. He has five goals and 12 assists on the season and, as is to be expected, is the talisman for the Penguins offense when he's on the ice.
When these teams last met on February 2, he scored a goal and registered two assists. If the Devils want to slow down the red-hot Penguins, they'll need to slow down the red-hot Crosby.
Devils Player to Watch: Martin Brodeur, G
The Pittsburgh Penquins boast one of the most formidable attacks in the league, scoring 3.8 goals per game (third in the NHL), and come into Saturday having won five games in a row.
During that span, the team has outscored opponents 23-8. In other words, the Penguins' offense is red hot.
But if the old saying in baseball goes, "Momentum is the next day's starting pitcher," it applies in hockey with goalies as well. As hot as the Penguins might be, a stellar performance from Martin Brodeur can easily cool Pittsburgh off.
Then again, Brodeur let in five goals the last time these teams played. The Devils will go as Brodeur goes in this game.
Which team wins?
Both teams are playing excellent hockey at the moment, but the Penguins' offense is mowing down opponents with relative ease. Expect that to continue on Saturday, with the Pens winning, 3-2.
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