DEVILS (12-4-0) at PENGUINS (12-6-0)
Last 10 -- Devils 9-1-0; Penguins 5-5-0.
Season series -- This is the second of six meetings between the teams. Zach Parise, Travis Zajac and Niclas Bergfors each had a goal and an assist in
Big story -- First place is on the line in the Atlantic Division, thanks to the Devils' 3-1 victory on Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks in
Team Scope :
Devils -- Everyone is contributing on Jacques Lemaire's club right now.
They also haven't allowed a power-play goal in 17 straight opportunities -- including all six on Wednesday night.
"Jacques's penalty-killing (philosophy) has always been pretty solid and he's a smart coach," Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner said. "He can dissect their power-play a little bit and he does a great job changing things up a little bit in order to allow Marty to know where the shots will be coming from."
"We've got to find a way to score some goals," Pens captain Sidney Crosby said. "That's the way it's been going the last week or two for us. It's been a long road trip, longer when you don't win. We've got to find a way to play better."
Who's hot -- Parise continues to lead the way for the Devils. With two more points on Wednesday, he leads the team with 19 (8 goals, 11 assists). Martin Brodeur made 31 saves against
Injury report -- Devils defenseman Paul Martin (broken left forearm) is expected to miss at least two more weeks, as is left wing Jay Pandolfo (shoulder). Defenseman Johnny Oduya (lower body) and center Rob Niedermayer (upper body) are day-to-day. Neither played on Wednesday.
One of the biggest reasons for
Stat pack -- The Devils are rolling with the second-longest road winning streak (8-0-0) to open an NHL season in history, moving within two of the record set by
Puck drop -- This is a tough challenge for the Penguins, who are both injury-plagued and offense-starved. The Devils are firing on all cylinders right now, and given their undefeated record on the road,