New Jersey Devils vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 11/16/13
Pittsburgh Penguins (11-7-0) at New Jersey Devils (6-7-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils +124 / Pittsburgh Penguins -136 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins snapped out of their goal scoring funk on Friday night in a 4-1 victory over the Nasvhille Predators. Jame Neal's return to the lineup is a huge addition for the Penguins and especially for Evgeni Malkin. It has been a perplexing start to the season for Malkin and a frustrating one for fans of the Penguins to have to watch. As good as Malkin is he looked lost at times without Neal beside him on the ice. Now that Neal is back Malkin seems back to his old self and that should mean great things for Pittsburgh moving forward. Neal scored a goal and Malkin added two assists in Friday night's win that saw the Penguins outshoot the Predators 33-18 in the game. Marc-Andre Fleury had a relatively easy night but still made 17 saves to pick up the victory. It won't be easy for the Penguins on Saturday night when they head to New Jersey to take on the Devils because goals have been very hard to come by for opponents of the Devils.
New Jersey is playing some solid defensive hockey right now but the Devils couldn't find a way to stretch their win streak to on Friday night against the Los Angeles Kings. Martin Brodeur had two consecutive shutouts before finally surrendering a goal on Tuesday night against the New York Rangers. Cory Schneider got his first start in a while against the Kings and he played great but got no offensive support from the rest of the Devils. Schneider didn't face many shots for most of the night but in the third period when the Kings fired eight shots at him, there most of any period on the night, he allowed the first goal of the game. New Jersey was unable to even things up and after allowing an emtpy net goal fell by a final of 2-0. There are going to be issues with consistent scoring for the Devils this season and that's something they're going to have to live with. It has to be frustrating for New Jersey to come up short in a match where they played so well defensively and got good goaltending. The Devils will need to put some pucks in the net in this one because if they don't there's no way they're beating the Penguins.
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