PENS GAME #16: PENGUINS AT DEVILS
The Pens take their much needed first victory in 5 games into New Jersey to face the Devils tonight. The Metropolitan Divisional opponents meet for the second time this season after New Jersey took Game #1 just over a week ago on Pittsburgh's ice by a commanding score of 5-1. Now that the Penguins have a tiny bit of their confidence back, they'll be aiming to take some vengeance for that loss and get themselves continuing on the right, winning direction some more while they do it.
Pittsburgh Penguins (7-5-3) vs. New Jersey Devils (6-8-1) at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ at 7PM (EST)
Attention folks, the Pittsburgh Penguins finally have a win! They're victorious! Winner, winner Coyote dinner! ...But now the truly hard work begins. (Wah-wah.)
Back in the win column once again, the Penguins are now tasked with the job of staying victorious in order to undo the sizable amount of damage their 5-game skid did to them in the overall standings. The team has got to make up ground and up next is a rematch with the Devils. This time they meet on the road for the Penguins, a scenario in which they have had more success at than at home this year. And Pittsburgh is trying to save some face after the 5-1 victory and Brian Boyle hat-trick performance the Devils put up against them two Mondays ago.
These two teams are both sunk at the bottom of the Metro Division from their various woes. The Pens stand at 6th and the Devils pull up the rear at 8th, so both clubs are a little desperate and jockeying to claw their way back into the Divisional mix. And much like the Penguins were with their 5-game loss streak, the Devils are on a multi-game skid of their own with 3 losses in a row that they're trying to shake.
Who will give the Penguins the boost they need to continue turning things around?! Well, the man in question is likely to be Sidney Crosby.
He's played the Pens' savior in the crux of their rough patch. He was the only scorer vs. Washington, and opened up the scoring against the Coyotes which eventually lead the team to a win. The Captain has been all the leader you could hope for him to be in the Pens' lowest spots. In what is yet another case of the incredible things Sidney Crosby just does. He was the #1 star in the 5-1 win over Arizona, with the aforementioned goal, another assist, a +4, 62% in the face-off circle and even 4 blocks for good measure. Sid now leads to team in scoring with 8 goals.
Whatever upswing the Penguins' are going to produce, it's evident by the recent results and past history that the spark that starts it will begin with Sidney Crosby. He's the man who'll save us all.
Here are the game details...
PENS BULLET POINTS
MATCH-UP INFORMATIONAL BREAKDOWN
Casey DeSmith: 27-years-old, 6’0”/181lb, 1 year NHL Veteran, Undrafted
(Records- 2018-19: 3W-1L-2OTL in 9GP; Last Season: 6W-4L-1OTL in 14GP; Career: 9W-5L-3OTL in 23GP | Goals Against Average- 2018-19: 1.89, Last Season: 2.40; Career: 2.21)
Keith Kinkaid: 29-years-old, 6'3"/195lbs, 5 year NHL Veteran, Undrafted
(Records- 2018-19 vs. Pens: 1-0; 2018-19 Overall: 5W-4L-1OTL in 10GP; Last Season: 26W-10L-3OTL in 41GP; Career: 54W-41L-12OTL in 120GP | Goals Against Average- 2018-19: 2.68; Last Season: 2.77; Career: 2.71)
Penguins: 17 Points, Metropolitan Division- 6th, Eastern Conference- 11th
Devils: 13 Points, Metropolitan Division- 8th, Eastern Conference- 16th
Penguins: 1 Win
Devils: 3 Losses
Goals For & Against:
Penguins: Goals For- 51; Goals Against- 47
Devils: Goals For- 45; Goals Against- 54
Home vs. Away Records:
Penguins Away Record: 4-1-2
Devils Home Record: 5-1-1
Team Physical Averages:
Penguins: Average Size- 6'1"/199lbs, Average Age- 28.04
Devils: Average Size- ' "/lbs, Average Age-
Penguins Alumni for NJD: Jean-Sebastian Dea, Ben Lovejoy, Ast. Coach Alain Nasreddine, Head Coach John Hynes, Ast. General Manager Tom Fitzgerald, General Manager Ray Shero
Devils Alumni for PIT: Jimmy Hayes (AHL), Ast. GM Bill Guerin
Penguins NJD Locals: Zach Aston-Reese (Staten Island, NY)
Devils PIT Locals: None
-Goals- #1-Crosby (8), #2-Malkin/Kessel (7), #3-Guentzel/Hornqvist (5)
-Assists- #1-Malkin (13), #2-Kessel (10), #3-Crosby (9)
-Points- #1-Malkin (20), #2-Kessel/Crosby (17), #3- Letang (12)
-Shots- #1-Letang/Kessel (45), #2-Crosby (44), #3-Hornqvist (43)
-Goals- #1-Palmieri (10), #2-Zajac/Boyle (6), #3-Coleman (5)
-Assists- #1-Hall (12), #2-Hischier (9), #3-Severson (8)
-Points- #1-Palmieri (17), #2-Hall (15), #3-Hischier (12)
-Shots- #1-Hall (52), #2-Palmieri (46), #3-Vatanen (43)
-Penguins vs. Devils History-
Cup Count: Pens- 5, Devils- 3
Season Series vs. Devils: 0-1 (With 1 Goals For, 5 Goals Against)
Last Season Series vs. Devils: 1W-3L (With 10 Goals For, 13 Goals Against)
All-Time Record vs. Devils: 103W-106L-17T-9OTL in 235GP
All-Time Record of Penguins at Prudential Center: 11W-15L-3OTL in 29GP
FINAL NOTES ON THE GAME
-Pens Roster Moves: Juuso Riikola is out tonight, Jamie Oleksiak in for him on defense. Non-injuruy
-Tonight is Evgeni Malkin's 800th game.
-Crosby now leads the team in goals with 8.
-The win vs. the Coyotes was Casey DeSmith’s 3rd career shutout. As well as his second shutout of the season, and 2nd in last 3 starts. He's only allowed 2 goals against in these past 2 shutouts too.
-Tonight will be DeSmith's 3rd start in a row. It's just the 2nd time in his NHL career he’s started 3 games in a row. The one time prior- he started 4 in a row in ‘17-18 from January 18-25, 2018 with a record of 3-1. He had 7 goals against and the team 13 goals for. And a .941 Svs% during those 4 game.
-Speaking of how important Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin is as well, it's been 8 games since the Pens scored without one of them on the ice at regular strength.
EXTRA MISC. THOUGHTS & INFO
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