Game Preview: Devils at Penguins

By: David Kolb

NEW JERSEY DEVILS (10-6-4) @ PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (12-6-3)

SUCCESS VS. RIVALS

Tonight will mark the first of five games between the Devils and Penguins in 2016-17. The Devils have fared well against conference foes, as they take the ice with a 2-0-0 record vs. Metropolitan Division this season and are 6-3-3 vs. the Eastern Conference.

GETTING GOING ON THE ROAD

While the Devils moved to 7-0-2 at the Prudential Center last night, they’ll look to improve on their 3-6-2 record away from Newark tonight. The Devils have dropped their past three contests on the road and have not picked up a road win since their 2-1 overtime win over the Dallas Stars on Nov. 15.

CAMMALLERI ROLLING AGAIN

Michael Cammalleri notched his fifth goal of the season last night against Detroit. His offense was sorely missed while he was out of the lineup, however since his return he has produced six points in two games. Cammalleri now has five goals and seven assists for 12 points this season.

KESSEL HOT

Penguins winger Phil Kessel will be watched closely tonight, as he scored a goal Friday versus Minnesota, giving him five points in his past three games and seven points in his past five tilts.

KINKAID IN

Devils netminders Keith Kinkaid and Cory Schneider are a combined 3-6-1 in their careers vs. the Penguins. Schneider backstopped the Devils last night so Keith Kinkaid will get his fifth start of the season tonight. Meanwhile, after Marc-Andre Fleury lost 6-2 against Minnesota Friday Matt Murray is the likely starter for the Pens.