The New Jersey Devils
have outscored the Pittsburgh Penguins
14-2 this season and defeated them in all four meetings. Yet the Penguins still lead the Atlantic Division by four points.
The Devils will get a couple of chances to do something about that, starting Friday, as the teams meet at the Prudential Center twice in a six-day span. It’s one of six games in the League, and opening faceoff is scheduled for shortly after 7 p.m. ET.
The Penguins are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday, while the Devils last played on Wednesday, when they scored a 6-3 win over the rival Rangers.
Also slated for a 7 p.m. start are the Washington Capitals
and Tampa Bay Lightning
, who will play a Southeast Division game at the Verizon Center. The Capitals wrapped up the division crown Thursday without even playing, as Atlanta lost in Columbus. They have a chance to eclipse 100 points for the season, while the Lightning are six points out of an Eastern Conference playoff berth.
Two more games get under way at 7:30 p.m. The Buffalo Sabres
host the Minnesota Wild
in a cross-conference battle, while the New York Rangers
travel to face the Atlanta Thrashers
with each team badly in need of two points to stay close in the playoff race. The Rangers are five points behind the eighth-place Bruins, while the Thrashers are six back.
The Dallas Stars
, in a similar position out in the Western Conference, welcome in the Los Angeles Kings
for an 8:30 p.m. game. The Stars are 18-8-5 at the American Airlines Center this season.
The nightcap features the Nashville Predators
visiting the Anaheim Ducks
. It’s the second game in as many nights for the Predators, who are in a tight race with the Flames and Red Wings for the final two playoff spots in the West.