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Jan 30, 2015
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Devils, off shootout win, face struggling Penguins

Thursday, 01.29.2015 / 5:44 PM

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

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Devils, off shootout win, face struggling Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New Jersey Devils

PENGUINS (27-13-8) at DEVILS (18-22-8)


Season series: Travis Zajac had a goal and an assist, Jaromir Jagr scored a goal, and goaltender Cory Schneider made 27 saves as the New Jersey Devils won the most recent game at Prudential Center after the Pittsburgh Penguins won twice on home ice.

Penguins team scope: Captain Sidney Crosby returned to the lineup after a one-game absence due to an upper-body injury in a 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. Crosby, who received an injection last week to treat the ailment that also caused him to miss the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game, earned 19:42 of ice time and took three shots on goal on a line with Chris Kunitz and David Perron. He finished 7-for-24 on faceoffs (29 percent success rate). Center Maxim Lapierre, who was acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday in exchange for Marcel Goc, played 14:15 in his Penguins debut on a line with Nick Spaling and Steve Downie. The Penguins, who have lost five of the past six games, were without center Evgeni Malkin (lower body) for a third straight game.

Devils team scope: Forwards Patrik Elias (resting), Mike Cammalleri (soreness) and Martin Havlat (expected arrival of second child) did not practice on Thursday, according to the team. The Devils improved to 3-6 in the shootout this season after a 2-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday; all three wins have been at Prudential Center. Adam Larsson scored his second goal of the season with 2:50 left in the third period to pull the Devils into a 1-1 tie before Jacob Josefson and Patrik Elias scored in the tiebreaker. Schneider made 29 saves through overtime and wasn't scored on in the shootout. Jagr and Tuomo Ruutu each returned to the lineup after missing three games due to illness.


Team Stats

2014-2015 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 17 '15 7:00 PM ET at Devils
Jan 30 '15 7:00 PM ET at Devils
Dec 29 '14 PIT 1 at NJD 3 J. Jagr
Dec 02 '14 NJD 0 at PIT 1 E. Malkin
Oct 28 '14 NJD 3 at PIT 8 C. Adams
E. Malkin45193251+15682
S. Crosby44153651+62872
K. Letang4292837+32911
C. Kunitz40141630+31674
P. Hornqvist35141630+112242
D. Perron48111728-223021
S. Downie4391322+616721
N. Spaling4871320+41810
B. Comeau3211819+63003
B. Sutter4610717-5613
M. Arcobello458614-61400
C. Ehrhoff4331013+92603
P. Martin4021012+91400
S. Despres4511112+45800
P. Dupuis166511+2421
M. Lapierre46279-31600
O. Maatta20189+11000
B. Bennett19358+0401
R. Klinkhammer29426+3400
M. Goc43246-2400
R. Bortuzzo25246-24000
A. Ebbett20156+2200
C. Adams43145+11301
R. Scuderi48055+91100
D. Pouliot8123+1001
Z. Sill34112-16000
B. Rust14112-3400
B. Dumoulin8101+0200
J. Megna12011-21400
B. Farnham11000+02400
S. Harrington9000-9400
T. Chorney2000-1000
D. Uher2000-1000
S. Wilson1000+0000
M. Fleury3822-10-58811052.36.920
T. Greiss115-2-3283342.60.916
J. Zatkoff10-1-01171.62.941
A. Henrique41101626-21242
J. Jagr4491625-113823
M. Cammalleri3615621-31865
P. Elias3861521-13220
M. Zidlicky4841620-83230
M. Ryder4261218-22800
T. Zajac408816-61230
S. Gomez2441216-6600
S. Bernier336713+1421
M. Havlat305813-91031
D. Severson324812-41600
E. Gelinas344711+22210
A. Greene4801111-11400
J. Merrill342810-91820
A. Larsson302810-11401
T. Ruutu44538-22000
D. Brunner17257-1800
S. Gionta38336+4600
D. Zubrus40246-92401
J. Josefson28235+31200
J. Tootoo34404+15701
R. Clowe13134-1400
S. Helgeson21022+31600
T. Sestito15022-13300
B. Salvador15022-52000
P. Harrold19101-11000
J. Whitney4101-1000
M. Sislo10011-2200
M. Fraser8011+02200
R. Boucher4000+0000
C. Schneider4217-19-49511992.37.921
K. Kinkaid91-3-3171952.54.913
S. Clemmensen30-0-18544.71.852