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About the Devils - 02-10-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Devils.

When and where: 7:30 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.

TV: NBC Sports Network, RDS.

Record: 7-1-3, 17 points. The Devils are in first place in the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division.

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

Last Game: 3-1 home win against the Penguins, yesterday. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves for the Penguins.

Last Game against the Penguins: Ditto.

Devils Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Andy Greene. He has three points in two games against the Penguins this season.

Ex-Penguins on the Devils: Johan Hedberg (above), 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: Despite only having spent two-plus seasons with the Devils, Hedberg is already second among the franchise's career leaders in shutouts with eight. He trails the No. 1 guy by a "few."

Best Devils Video We Could Find: Hockey Night in Canada's pregame montage for Game 1 of last season's Stanley Cup Final between the Devils and Kings:

Probable goaltenders: Tomas Vokoun (3-1-0, 2.09 GAA, .927 SV%) for the Penguins. Johan Hedberg (1-0-1, 0.48 GAA, .980 SV%) for the Devils.

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

Potential lines and defensive pairings: Both teams held an optional morning skate today. The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairings yesterday 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:

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:

-Letang was placed on injured reserve. In his place, the team recalled defenseman Joe Morrow from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Morrow was the team's first-round pick (No. 23 overall) in 2011.

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

-Vokoun has 49 career shutouts.

-Crosby has 398 career assists.

-Cooke has 899 career games and 196 career assists.

-Sutter has points in five consecutive games.

-The Penguins will be wearing their blue ways to make money jerseys tonight.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Hedberg-Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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