DEVILS (10-6-4) at PENGUINS (12-6-3)
7 p.m. ET; ROOT, MSG+, NHL.TV
Devils team scope
Defenseman Ben Lovejoy and forward Beau Bennett of the New Jersey Devils will face their former team for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. Lovejoy had four goals and six assists in 66 games with Pittsburgh last season, and Bennett had six goals and six assists in 33 games. Forward Kyle Palmieri had an assist in the Devils' 5-4 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday after missing the previous two games with an upper-body injury. He played right wing alongside center Travis Zajac and left wing Michael Cammalleri. The Devils did not hold a morning skate Saturday. Following the game Friday, coach John Hynes was critical of specific facets of his players' performance. "It's not so much we are out of structure, it's the decisions we should make not to pinch and when to pinch; little things that have to be tightened up," Hynes said. "We have to be stiffer in certain areas, chipping, our line rush against the defense, and our coverage coming into our defensive zone." Goalie Keith Kinkaid will start after goalie Cory Schneider allowed five goals on 33 shots on Friday. Kinkaid has a 2.24 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in four starts this season.
Penguins team scope
Pittsburgh, which also did not skate Saturday morning, will attempt to halt its recent bout of inconsistency a day after losing 6-2 to the Minnesota Wild on Friday. The Penguins defeated the New York Rangers 6-1 on Wednesday after going 1-2-1 and being outscored 16-7 in their previous four games. "I think it just comes with being ready to compete and executing," Penguins forward Sidney Crosby said after the game Friday. "That's what the game boils down to." Goalie Matt Murray, who has gone 6-1-0 in seven starts this season since recovering from a broken hand, likely will start. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury surrendered six goals on 36 shots against Minnesota. Before being held off the scoresheet on Friday, Crosby had four goals and two assists in his previous four games. He leads the NHL with 14 goals in 15 games since returning from a concussion. Forward Patric Hornqvist has not played since sustaining a concussion against the Washington Capitals on Nov. 16. Hornqvist is day to day, according to Penguins coach Mike Sullivan.
Devils projected lineup
Michael Cammalleri -- Travis Zajac -- Kyle Palmieri
P.A. Parenteau -- Adam Henrique -- Nick Lappin
Pavel Zacha -- Jacob Josefson -- Beau Bennett
Sergey Kalinin -- Vernon Fiddler -- Devante Smith-Pelly
Andy Greene -- Damon Severson
Yohann Auvitu -- Ben Lovejoy
John Moore -- Kyle Quincey
Scratched: Jon Merrill, Reid Boucher
Injured: Taylor Hall (torn meniscus)
Penguins projected lineup
Carl Hagelin -- Sidney Crosby -- Conor Sheary
Jake Guentzel -- Evgeni Malkin -- Phil Kessel
Scott Wilson -- Nick Bonino -- Bryan Rust
Tom Kuhnhackl -- Matt Cullen -- Eric Fehr
Olli Maatta -- Kris Letang
Brian Dumoulin -- Trevor Daley
Ian Cole -- Justin Schultz
Scratched: Steve Oleksy, Tom Sestito
Injured: Patric Hornqvist (concussion), Chris Kunitz (lower body)
The Penguins assigned defenseman Derrick Pouliot (lower body) to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on conditioning assignment on Tuesday. … Hall skated on his own Friday morning. He's expected to miss another 2-3 weeks.
Kessel has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past five games and leads the Penguins with 15 assists, five more than Malkin and Letang. … Cammalleri has two goals and four assists in two games since returning to the Devils after missing six games because of his daughter being hospitalized with pneumonia.