The two top teams in the NHL's Atlantic division, the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins, will play for the third time in nine days, and the second time in nearly 24 hours, on Sunday night as the Devils look to make it two in a row over their rivals.
Pittsburgh thrashed New Jersey 5-1 at home in the two teams' first meeting last weekend, but was shutdown in Newark on Saturday afternoon, falling 3-1 to level the season series at one game apiece.
Here, we get you set for Sunday's third installment of this Eastern Conference rivalry, set to go down in the Steel City.
Where: CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh
When: Sunday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Watch: NBC Sports Network
Live Streaming: NHL GameCenter
Key Injuries (according to USA Today)
Devils: RW Dainius Zubrus (out, upper body).
Penguins: D Kris Letang (out, undisclosed) and D Matt Niskanen (out, lower body).
Devils Player to Watch: David Clarkson
Veteran center David Clarkson is off to a scorching-hot start for the New Jersey Devils this season. The 28-year-old has lit up the red light seven times and assisted on six other goals through the team's first 11 games of the year.
Last season, Clarkson finished with a career-best 30 goals and 16 assists in 80 games with the Devils. But he is set to blow those numbers out of the water in 2013, despite the shortened season.
On Saturday afternoon against the Pens, Clarkson went without a point. But he was active, putting four shots on goal in what turned out to be a comfortable win at home.
Penguins Player to Watch: Evgeni Malkin
Malkin is the catalyst for the Penguins, and he can ignite them in a variety of ways. Although his numbers this season suggest he's a creator first and foremost, his goal-scoring ability is equally as impressive.
The reigning Hart Memorial Trophy winner, Malkin is as dynamic a threat as there is in the NHL, and his 15 points through Pittsburgh's first 12 games prove that. He's recorded two assists against New Jersey in two matchups this season and will look to add to that count on Sunday.
Key Matchup: Penguins vs. Devils' Penalty Killers
New Jersey must limit its penalties on Sunday night in Pittsburgh. Otherwise, the Devils risk giving up easy goals to one of the most offensively potent teams in the NHL.
Which side wins the battle?
Pittsburgh ranks in the top five in the NHL in goals per game (3.3) coming into Sunday's matchup, and it also ranks in the top five in power-play percentage (27.7 percent). Against the Washington Capitals on Thursday, the Pens scored on 3-of-4 power play opportunities, including all three of their chances in the second period to blow the game open.
After a 1-of-6 power-play effort Saturday in New Jersey, the Pens will be looking to dominate on their one-man advantages Sunday.
If the Devils can maintain their poise and avoid giving Sidney Crosby and company advantages on the power play, they will have a real shot to earn a hard-fought road win in Pittsburgh and make two in a row over the Penguins.
Both teams are sure to be skating on wobbly legs Sunday night, but that lack of energy should favor the home team. Pittsburgh will have tons of support from the high-energy crowd inside what's sure to be a sold-out CONSOL Energy Center.
Plus, the Pens have outscored their last two home opponents by a combined score of 10-3. I like Pittsburgh to bounce back at home this weekend, where it has won two straight in blowout fashion.
Penguins 3, Devils 1
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