New Jersey Devils (26-16-8) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (29-21-3) 7PM • Prudential Center • MSG+2 • The One Jersey Network
LAST GAME: FEB 1. NEW JERSEY DEVILS 4 vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 3
The Devils defeated Philadelphia, 4-3, for their first time in three games this season (1-2-0). The clubs will conclude their 2017-18 season-series on Feb. 13 in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center.
Kyle Palmieri scored the game's first goal, his 10th, to put New Jersey ahead, 1-0, on the power play. It was his team-leading, seventh power play goal. He added an assist to give him two-points on the evening.
Drew Stafford also scored a PPG in the opening frame to respond to PHI's captain Claude Giroux's tying goal and regain New Jersey's lead.
The Devils trailed Philadelphia by one goal, 3-2, after 40 minutes of play, however responded in the third period with two goals to win the game in regulation time. Defenseman Damon Severson extended his career-high, scoring his seventh of the season with 9 minutes remaining. Rookie Nico Hischier notched his second career game-winning tally, 9TH season, with just 87 seconds left to play in the game.
Pavel Zacha had two assists in the evening for his third two-point game of the season (Oct. 11 at TOR- 2G, Oct. 27 at OTT, 2A).
Keith Kinkaid made won his second consecutive game (also; Jan. 31 at BUF) and stopped 22 of 25. He is now 5-1-0 in his career against the Flyers and has tied his career high with nine wins on the season (also, 2015-16).
Sami Vatanen, Ben Lovejoy, John Moore, Taylor Hall and Blake Coleman each had one assist.
TONIGHT vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Tonight is New Jersey's first match-up against the 2017 Stanley Cup Champion Penguins. The clubs will face-off three more times in this season series; Feb. 27, Mar. 23 at PPG Paints Arena, and Mar. 29 at Prudential Center).
Coming into tonight Taylor Hall has notched at least 1PT in his last 8GP, Dec. 23-Feb. 1. (7G-8A). He missed three games from Jan. 22-25 with a right hand/thumb injury.
In 2016-17, the Devils were 0-4-1 vs. Pittsburgh and will seek their first win against the Metropolitan Division rival since Nov. 11, 2015 (4-0). Kyle Palmieri led NJD with 7PTS (4G-3A), with John Moore (1G-3A) and Taylor Hall (1G-3A) both finishing with 4PTS.
Keith Kinkaid is expected to start in goal for the Devils. He is 0-2-1 with a 4.56 GAA and a .884 save-percentage against the Pens.
The Devils are 6-6-1 against division opponents and are 15-9-5 against all Eastern Conference competition.