Buckle up, it’s another Pens/Devils game on the heels of such a crazy game on Tuesday
When: 7:00 p.m. eastern
How to Watch: AT&T Sportsnet in Pittsburgh, MSG-B in New York/New Jersey
Opponent Track: It’s now a seven game losing streak for New Jersey, who are just limping to the finish line of this season. Remember how bad Buffalo was and everyone clowning on them for being like the worst team ever? The Devils are only three points ahead of the Sabres in the standings, and no guarantee to stay ahead of them at this rate.
Pens path ahead: Five straight games of home cookin’ for the Pens. New Jersey is in town for two more games tonight and Saturday. And then the Bruins coming to the ‘Burgh after that for games Sunday (4/25) and next Tuesday (4/27).
Season Series: It’s a 4-1-1 season series for Pittsburgh so far against Jersey (2-4-0 from their perspective). NJ took Round one on March 18th, 3-2 in New Jersey. The Pens returned the favor with a 3-1 win on 3/20, but the Devils won 2-1 in OT in Pittsburgh on 3/21. Pittsburgh won 6-4 on 4/9 and 5-2 on 4/1. The Pens held on for a wild 7-6 win on Tuesday. The games this week are the final PIT/NJD games of the season.
Recent History: Pittsburgh is 7-2-1 in its last ten games against New Jersey dating back to Feburary 19, 2019 and 4-0-1 against NJ in the last five games.
SBN Team Counterpart: Check out All About the Jersey for the latest news to know about the Devils.
Player Stats at a Glance
—Sharangovich has a three game point streak with five points (2G+3A) in that stretch.
—Andreas Johnsson broke a 31 game goal-less streak on Tuesday. There was a bit of consternation last off-season considering the low trade price New Jersey paid for him, compared to what Pittsburgh gave the same Toronto team for Kasperi Kapanen, but this season has shown just why these players were valued quite differently.
Janne Kuokkonen – Jack Hughes – Yegor Sharangovich
Andreas Johansson – Nico Hischier – Marian Studenic
Miles Wood – Michael McLeod – Nate Bastian
Nolan Foote – Mikhail Maltsev – Nick Merkley
Ryan Murray / Matt Tennyson
Jonas Siegenthaler / Damon Severson
Will Butcher / Connor Carrick
Possible Starting goalie: ?
Scratches: Pavel Zacha (injured), Jesper Bratt (injured), Jesper Boqvist, P.K. Subban (COVID protocol), Ty Smith, Mackenzie Blackwood (injured)
—The Devils took a day off yesterday and provided no updates on quite the MASH unit that they have going now. It could be possible that players like Zacha and Bratt are back for tonight’s game.
And now for the Pens..
Tuesday’s game lines
Jake Guentzel – Sidney Crosby – Bryan Rust
Jared McCann – Jeff Carter – Jason Zucker
Zach Aston-Reese – Teddy Blueger – Evan Rodrigues
Colton Sceviour – Mark Jankowski – Sam Lafferty
Brian Dumoulin / Kris Letang
Mike Matheson / Cody Ceci
Marcus Pettersson / John Marino
Possible starting goalie: Tristan Jarry
Scratches: Radim Zohorna, Chad Ruhwedel, Mark Friedman, Frederick Gaudreau (injured)
IR: Evgeni Malkin, Kasperi Kapanen, Brandon Tanev
Taxi Squad: Juuso Riikola, Yannick Weber, Emil Larmi, Anthony Angello, Maxime Lagace
—Kapanen took part in yesterday’s practice, we’ll see how long it takes for him to get back into the lineup but it’s looking sooner than later at this point.
—Tonight will be career game number 500 for Jason Zucker.
—Guentzel and Rust have just been destroying the Devils as of late. Rust has points in his last eight games against NJ, and not just a few, he’s got 5G+7A in those eight games. Guentzel has points in his last seven matchups against the Devils, notching 6G+6A.
—Kris Letang will be looking to stay red hot offensively too. Letang has 14 points (2G+12A) in his last 14 games, including five multi-point games in this stretch.
Sullivan puts the pieces together
You could understand if it took some time for Mike Sullivan to process just what he saw in the third period of Tuesday night’s game. The Pens gave up six goals in the last 20 minutes. They still won in regulation.
Mike Sullivan: “A lot went wrong. That was why it was difficult to react right after the game in such an emotional environment. We’ve had a discussion with the players on our thoughts and how we can improve and what we can learn so that type of circumstance doesn’t happen again.”
— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) April 21, 2021