Game Preview: Devils at Penguins

BY: DAVID KOLB

NEW JERSEY DEVILS (13-13-7) @ PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (21-8-5)
Coverage begins at 6:30 PM on MSG+2

METRO BATTLE

Tonight the Devils square off against their Metropolitan Division rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in Pittsburgh. Thursday the Devils snapped their season-long seven-game losing streak and got back to the .500 mark by blanking the Flyers, 4-0. The Penguins meanwhile will try and snap-back quickly, as they suffered a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of the Blue Jackets last night in Columbus.

PALMIERI PRODUCING AGAIN

Kyle Palmieri scored Thursday for the first time since scoring on Dec. 6 against the Vancouver Canucks. Coach John Hynes is hoping Palmieri can get back to last season’s pace when he reached the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career. Palmieri’s play and production have improved recently, as he has picked up a goal and four assists in his past five contests.

New Jersey Devils' Kyle Palmieri in action during the third period of a hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Philadelphia. The Devils won 4-1. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

CROSBY ON PACE

Sidney Crosby scored the only goal for the Penguins Friday in Columbus, giving No. 87 three goals and three assists in the past six games. Crosby laces them up tonight with a league-leading 23 goals along with 14 assists for 37 points in only 27 games.

WOOD EMERGING

21-year-old Miles Wood is beginning to impress, as he scored the Devils second goal last night vs. the Flyers. Wood now has three goals in his past five games and four goals (all even strength) in 14 games with the Devils this season.

BLUE-LINE POINTS

Andy Greene recorded an assist Thursday while leading the Devils in ice-time with 23:13. Green helped shut down the Flyers’ top scorers Thursday and will try and help make it two-in-a-row as he faces the NHL’s No. 1 ranked offense tonight in Pittsburgh.