GAME DAY REPORT: Game 8 – New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh

While the New Jersey Devils have lost their last three games in overtime, they still recorded a point in every game in January and come into today’s game with a 3-0-3 record.

The Pittsburgh Penguins (4-3-0) have been dismal at home this season, having been outscored 9-3 at home with losses to the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders. The Pens are the only team in the NHL that has yet to record a point at home.

FROM OUTHOUSE TO PENTHOUSE
Pittsburgh made a small splash with a waiver wire picked up when they claimed a former first-round draft pick, Zach Boychuk yesterday. He has great speed and an exceptional shot and for a player with offensive prowess, he’s good at puck retrieval as well. Boychuk has just seven goals and 18 points in 73 career NHL games, and has only appeared in one game this season for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Head Coach Dan Bylsma plans to put Boychuk on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, in hopes he can find some chemistry with the two high-profile line mates.

“He (Shero) just said he likes what I bring to the team. He said I have to play my game.”
– Zach Boychuk

NOTEWORTHY STATS
The Penguins are just 2-11-1 when Sidney Crosby fails to record a point against the Devils.
Ilya Kovalchuk has played well against the Penguins as a member of the New Jersey Devils. Kovalchuk had four goals, seven assists and a plus-5 rating last season against the Pens.

Martin Brodeur is 4-1-1 with a 1.15 goals-against average in his last six starts in Pittsburgh.

Probable Devils lines
Josefson-Zajac-Kovalchuk
Zubrus-Elias-Clarkson
Carter-Gionta-Bernier
Anderson-Henrique-Barch

Salvador-Volcgenkov
Tallinder-Zidlicky
Greene-Fayne

Brodeur

Probable Penguins lines
Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis
Boychuk-Malkin-Neal
Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy
Glass-Vitale-Adams

Orpik-Martin
Letang-Despres
Bortuzzo-Engelland

Fleury

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