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About the Devils - 02-09-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Devils.

When and where: 1 p.m. EST. Prudential Center.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), MSG Plus (New York market), NHL Network (rest of the United States).

Record: 6-1-3, 15 points. The Devils are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and second place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: David Clarkson, 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists).

Last Game: 4-2 home win against the Lightning, Thursday. Patrik Elias had a goal and two assists for the Devils.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-1 road loss, Feb. 2. Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each had a goal and two assists for the Penguins.

Devils Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Elias. He has six points in his past two games.

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: Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is (above) one of two players selected in the 1990 draft still active in the league. The other is Stars right winger and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr.

Best Devils Video We Could Find: Brodeur stopping former Penguins center Mario Lemieux on a breakaway during the 2000-01 season:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (5-2-0, 2.37 GAA, .909 SV%) for the Penguins. Martin Brodeur (5-1-2, 2.45 GAA, .906 SV%) for the Devils.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Kris Letang ("lower body") is out. Defenseman Matt Niskanen (ankle) is on injured reserve. For the Devils, right winger Dainius Zubrus ("upper body") is out.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: According to the team's Web site, the Penguins' lines and defensive pairings during practice were:

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 Dylan Reese
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 5 Deryk Engelland

-The Devils' primary lines in practice yesterday were:

15 Stefan Matteau - 19 Travis Zajac - 17 Ilya Kovalchuk
26 Patrik Elias - 14 Adam Henrique - 23 David Clarkson
20 Ryan Carter - 11 Stephen Gionta - 18 Steve Bernier
22 Krys Barch - 16 Jacob Josefson - 9 Bobby Butler

24 Bryce Salvador -  29 Mark Fayne
6 Andy Greene - 5 Adam Larsson
24 Anton Volchenkov - 2 Marek Zidlicky

Notes:

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

-Elias basically accused Crosby of diving last week.

-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.

-Crosby has 398 career assists.

-Cooke has 196 career assists.

-Letang did not travel with the team to New Jersey.

-Brodeur has played in 1,199 career games.

-Our live blog, direct from our couch, begins at approximately 12:55 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Photobucket)

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