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About the Devils - 12-13-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Devils.

When and where: 7 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports, MSG Plus, RDS.

Record: 12-14-6, 30 points. The Devils are in seventh place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.

Leading Scorer: Jaromir Jagr (right), 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists).

Last Game: 5-4 road loss to the Blue Jackets, Tuesday. Damien Brunner scored two goals for the Devils.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-1 home win, Nov. 16. Jagr scored two goals for the Devils.

Devils Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Jagr. Just because.

Ex-Penguins on the Devils: Jaromir Jagr, RW.

Ex-Devils on the Penguins: Deryk Engelland, D (Engelland was a former Devils draft pick but never played for the NHL organization); Bill Guerin, director of player development; Paul Martin, D.

Useless Devils Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Jagr is one of two Czech-born players who have appeared in 1,000 career NHL games while spending a portion of his career with the Penguins. The other is Petr Sykora.

Best Devils Video We Could Find: Guerin, then of the Devils, powering a slapper by Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood in the 1996-07 season opener:

 

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (17-8-1, 2.01 GAA, .922 SV%) for the Penguins. Cory Schneider (4-6-4, 1.89 GAA, .920 SV%) for the Devils.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defensemen Paul Martin (leg), Brooks Orpik (head), Rob Scuderi (ankle), right winger Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), center Andrew Ebbett (ankle), left winger Tanner Glass (hand) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Devils, defenseman Peter Harrold (foot) is out. Left wingers Ryan Carter (leg), Ryane Clowe (head), defensemen Adam Larsson ("lower body"), Bryce Salavador (foot) and center Stephen Gionta (ankle) are on injured reserve.

 

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
 36 Jussi Jokinen -71 Evgeni Malkin - 59 Jayson Megna
23 Chris Conner - 16 Brandon Sutter - 46 Joe Vitale
27 Craig Adams - 38 Zach Sill - 12 Chuck Kobasew

3 Olli Maata - 58 Kris Letang
5 Deryk Engelland - 2 Matt Niskanen
47 Simon Despres - 41 Robert Bortuzzo

The Devils primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

8 Dainius Zubrus - 19 Travis Zajac - 68 Jaromir Jagr
18 Steve Bernier - 26 Patrik Elias - 12 Damien Brunner
15 Reid Boucher - 14 Adam Henrique - 17 Michael Ryder
23 Tim Sestito - 16 Jacob Josefson - 25 Cam Janssen

6 Andy Greene - 7 Mark Fayne
28 Anton Volchenkov - 2 Marek Zidlicky
22 Eric Gelinas - 34 Jon Merrill

Notes:

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

-James Neal is suspended.

-Malkin has 598 career points.

-Orpik skated today with Glass and Scuderi. Dan Bylsma said Orpik is still symptomatic and his skating should not be considered a sign of progress.

-Bernier has 99 career assists.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Post-Gazette archives)

 

 

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