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The Pittsburgh Penguins and the New Jersey Devils are two consistent favorites in the Atlantic Division every season.
However, this year, both have dropped their first two games of the season.
The Penguins didn't get the opening night debut in Consol Energy Center they had dreamed of, losing to interstate rivals Philadelphia by a score of 3-2. On Saturday night, they gave up two goals within 24 seconds in the third period to lose to the Canadiens, again by a score of 3-2.
Meanwhile, New Jersey dropped their opening night by losing to the Dallas Stars by a score of 4-3 in overtime. They played again on Saturday night, but got crushed by the Washington Capitals by a 7-2 score.
The Penguins improved their defense over the summer by signing former Devil Paul Martin and former Phoenix Coyote Zbynek Michalek to long-term contracts. They also signed physical forward Arron Asham and consistent goal scorer Mike Comrie.
However, Pittsburgh is trying to compensate for the loss of Jordan Staal, who is not expected to return until December after having foot surgery. Meanwhile, Asham is on the injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
Meanwhile, New Jersey seems to be off to a slow start even after signing Ilya Kovalchuk to what seems like an eternal contract and getting top free-agent defenseman Anton Volchenkov from the Ottawa Senators. However, Volchenkov sustained a broken nose after getting hit with a slapshot.
The winless rivals will battle each other on Monday, and someone will get their first win of the season, while the other team will still be searching for a win this week.