NEWARK, N.J. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to reach the 40-win mark for the eighth consecutive 82-game NHL season when they play the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday.
The Penguins are 39-20-10 and third in the Metropolitan Division with 88 points, two points ahead of the Washington Capitals and two points behind the New York Islanders, with 13 games remaining. The Penguins have two games in hand on the Capitals and Islanders.
Penguins coach Mike Johnston announced Monday that center Evgeni Malkin will miss his second straight game because of a lower-body injury. Malkin, who could miss 1-2 weeks according to general manager Jim Rutherford, sustained his injury during his first shift of a 2-0 loss against the Boston Bruins on Saturday. He returned for four shifts but didn't play after the first period. Johnston said Malkin could join the team at some point during its three-game road trip, which continues against the Dallas Stars on Thursday and the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.
Dating to 2006-07, Malkin's rookie season, the Penguins have won 412 games, the most in the League.