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About the Devils - 03-25-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Devils.

When and where: 7 p.m., EDT. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports, MSG, RDSI.

Record: 42-27-6, 90 points. The Devils are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and fourth place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: Ilya Kovalchuk, 74 points (31 goals, 43 assists).

Last Game: 4-3 home shootout loss to the Maple Leafs, Friday. Martin Brodeur made 14 saves for the Devils.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-2 home loss, March 17. Matt Cooke scored two goals for the Penguins.

Devils Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Travis Zajac. Because we need a convenient excuse to post the photo to the right.

Ex-Penguins on the Devils: Johan Hedberg, G; Alexei Ponikarovsky, LW; Petr Sykora, RW.

Ex-Devils on the Penguins: Arron Asham, RW; Deryk Engelland, D (Engelland was a draft pick of the Devils, but did not sign with the team); Bill Guerin, player development coach; Paul Martin, D; Steve Sullivan, LW.

Useless Devils/Rockies/Scouts Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: The fastest hat trick in the history of the Devils/Rockies/Scouts franchise was score by former Penguins right winger Stephane Richer. He had three goals in the span of 8:22 in the second period of a 5-0 defeat of the Sharks, March 29, 1993.

Best Devils Video We Could Find: Former Penguins center Ron Francis dropping the gloves with former Devils defenseman Alexei Kasatonov late in the 1990-91 season:

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Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (40-14-4, 2.24 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Penguins and Martin Brodeur (26-20-4, 2.46 GAA, .905 SV%) for the Devils.

Injuries: For the Penguins, goaltender Brent Johnson (undisclosed), defenseman Matt Niskanen ("upper body") and center Joe Vitale ("upper body") are day to day. For the Devils, defenseman Anton Volchenkov (undisclosed) is questionable. Defenseman Henrik Tallinder (leg) is on injured reserve.

Potential Lines and Defensive Pairings: The Penguins' did not hold a morning skate yesterday. Their primary lines and defensive pairings against the Senators last night were:

Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Steve Sullivan - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Sidney Crosby - Tyler Kennedy
Eric Tangradi - Craig Adams - Arron Asham

Kris Letang - Paul Martin
Brooks Orpik - Zbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy - Deryk Engelland

-The Devils' held an optional morning skate yesterday. Their primary lines and defensive pairings in practice yesterday were:

Zach Parise - Patrik Elias - Dainius Zubrus
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Travis Zajac - Kovalchuk
Petr Sykora - Adam Henrique - David Clarkson
Ryan Carter - Jacob Josefson - Steve Bernier

Andy Greene - Mark Fayne
Bryce Salvador  -Marek Zidlicky
Matt Taormina - Adam Larsson

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Devils, this happened:

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-Steve Sullivan's status is unknown. He missed much of the second and all of the third period last of last night's loss to the Senators.

-Orpik has 99 career assists.

-Kunitz has 146 career goals.

-Dupuis has an nine-game scoring streak.

-Zajac is returning to the lineup for the first time since re-injuring an Achilles tendon, Jan. 2.

-“Every time you go to places, especially with the history that we have of playing in that building and the history itself with Pittsburgh playing so many games, and to see it just half-gutted, it’s like seeing somebody with a knife inside of them. Just take it out right away. It’s kind of sad to see it like that.” - Brodeur on the current state of the Civic Arena.

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(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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