A preview of the Devils.
When and where: 7 p.m, EST, Prudential Center.
TV: Root Sports, MSG Plus, TVA.
Record: 18-22-8, 44 points. The Devils are in seventh place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Center Adam Henrique, 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists).
Last Game: 2-1 home shootout win to the Maple Leafs Monday. Goaltender Cory Schneider made 29 saves for the Devils.
Last Game against the Penguins: 3-1 home win Dec. 29. Center Travis Zajac had a goal and an assist for the Devils.
Devils Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Right winger Jaromir Jagr (right). Just because.
Ex-Penguins on the Devils: Jagr.
Ex-Devils on the Penguins: Assistant general manager Bill Guerin, defenseman Paul Martin.
Useless Devils Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: With the recent retirement of former Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur. The only player from the 1990 draft still active in the NHL is Jagr.
The last time the Devils played the Penguins, this happened:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (22-10-5, 2.36 GAA, .920 SV%) for the Penguins. Cory Schneider (17-19-4, 2.37 GAA, .921 SV%) for the Devils.
Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (head) is out. Right wingers Pascal Dupuis (blood clot), defenseman Olli Maatta (shoulder), center Evgeni Malkin ("lower body") and left winger Blake Comeau (wrist) are on injured reserve. For the Devils, defensemen Bryce Salvador ("lower body"), Damon Severson (left ankle), center Stephen Gionta (hand) and left winger Ryane Clowe (head) are on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not hold a morning skate today. Their lines at today's morning skate were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 39 David Perron
13 Nick Spaling - 16 Brandon Sutter - 72 Patric Hornqvist
26 Mark Arcobello - 40 Maxim Lapierre - 23 Steve Downie
38 Zach Sill - 25 Andrew Ebbett - 27 Craig Adams
-Consider this a guess at their defensive pairings
7 Paul Martin – 58 Kris Letang
41 Robert Bortuzzo – 6 Scott Harrington
47 Simon Despres – 4 Rob Scuderi
-The Devils held an optional skate. Their expected lines and defensive pairings are:
14 Adam Henrique - 21 Scott Gomez - 68 Jaromir Jagr
26 Patrik Elias - 19 Travis Zajac - 9 Martin Havlat
23 Mike Cammalleri - 8 Dainius Zubrus - 18 Steve Bernier
15 Tuomo Ruutu - 16 Jacob Josefson - 20 Jordin Tootoo
6 Andy Greene - 5 Adam Larsson
32 Mark Fraser - 2 Marek Zidlicky
10 Peter Harrold - 7 Jon Merrill
-Ehrhoff returned to Pittsburgh to be tested for a potential concussion.
-Right winger Beau Bennett will be a healthy scratch.
-Left winger Chris Kunitz has played in 699 career games.
-Elias has scored 399 career goals.
-The referees are Tim Peel (No. 20) and Steve Kozari (No. 40). The linesmen are Tim Nowak (No. 77) and Ryan Galloway (No. 82).
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(Photo: Post-Gazette archives)