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About the Devils - 02-02-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Devils.

When and where: 1 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), MSG Plus (Newark, N.J. market), NHL Network (Rest of the United States).

Record: 3-0-3, 9 points. The Devils are in third place in the Eastern Conference and first place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: David Clarkson (right), 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists).

Last Game: 5-4 overtime home loss to the Islanders, Thursday. Ryan Carter had a goal and an assist for the Devils.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-2 road loss, March 25, 2012. Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for the Penguins.

Devils Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Clarkson. He has scored in all eight of the Devils' games this season.

Ex-Penguins on the Devils: Johan Hedberg, G.

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

Useless Devils Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Three members of the Devils 2000 draft class have played for the Penguins: Engelland, Martin and center Mike Rupp.

Best Devils Video We Could Find: Martin, then of the Devils, scoring a nifty goal off a turnover against the Penguins in the 2009-10 season:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (2-2-0, 2.94 GAA, .890 SV%) for the Penguins. Martin Brodeur (3-0-2, 2.32 GAA, .913 SV%) for the Devils.

Injuries: For the Penguins, left winger Chris Kunitz (illness) is probable. Defenseman Matt Niskanen (ankle) is on injured reserve. For the Devils, defenseman Mark Fayne (arm) is questionable.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: Based off yesterday's practice, these are the expected lines and defensive pairings assuming Kunitz is healthy enough to play:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
17 Zach Boychuk - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

47 Simon Despres - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 5 Deryk Engelland

-Based on the Devils lines and defensive pairings at practice yesterday, these are the potential lines:

14 Adam Henrique - 19 Travis Zajac - 17 Ilya Kovalchuk
8 Dainius Zubrus - 26 Patrik Elias - 23 David Clarkson
20 Ryan Carter - 11 Stephen Gionta - 18 Steve Bernier
22 Krys Barch - 16 Jacob Josefson - 10 Peter Harrold

24 Bryce Salvador -  28 Anton Volchenkov
6 Andy Greene - 5 Adam Larsson
7 Henrik Tallinder - 2 Marek Zidlicky

Notes:

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

-Fleury has 22 career shutouts. He needs one more to surpass Tom Barrasso for most in franchise history.

-Goaltender Tomas Vokoun has 49 career shutouts.

-Boychuk is expected to make his Penguins' debut today.

-Our live blog begins at approximately noon. Please tune in.

(Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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