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Hischier day to day with upper-body injury for New Jersey; DeSmith to make third consecutive start for Pittsburgh

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

PENGUINS (7-5-3) AT DEVILS (6-8-1)



The Game

Nico Hischier will be sidelined with an upper-body injury when the New Jersey Devils host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center on Tuesday.

The Devils center, who is day to day, will miss the first game of his NHL career after being injured in the second period of a 5-2 loss at the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. New Jersey, outscored 18-6 during a three-game losing streak, is coming off a seven-game road trip (1-6-0). Goalie Keith Kinkaid will make his 13th start of the season. 

Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith will make his third straight start. He has two shutouts in his past three starts and has a 1.89 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in nine games this season.

Pittsburgh is 1-4-1 in its past six games.


Players to watch

Penguins center Sidney Crosby has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past two games after having no points in his previous three games.

Devils forward Taylor Hall has two points (one goal, one assist) in his past five games after having 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in a nine-game point streak.


They said it

"As the backup, my job is to show up when I get the chance and I think so far I've given the team a chance to win when I've played. I take pride in that and I'm happy with my performance so far and no matter how many starts I get this year I hope that trend continues." -- Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith

"We need to build our game to the point where we're able to win games and sustain that so no matter who's in the lineup it's about building our game and playing the right way, and that's something we're looking forward to doing." -- Devils forward Kyle Palmieri


Penguins projected lineup

Dominik Simon -- Sidney Crosby -- Bryan Rust

Carl Hagelin -- Evgeni Malkin -- Patric Hornqvist

Jake Guentzel -- Riley Sheahan -- Phil Kessel

Garrett Wilson -- Matt Cullen -- Zach Aston-Reese

Jack Johnson -- Kris Letang

Brian Dumoulin -- Chad Ruhwedel

Jamie Oleksiak -- Olli Maatta

Casey DeSmith

Matt Murray

Scratched: Daniel Sprong, Juuso Riikola

Injured: Justin Schultz (fractured left leg), Derick Brassard (lower body)


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Travis Zajac -- Kyle Palmieri

Marcus Johansson -- Pavel Zacha -- Jesper Bratt

Blake Coleman -- Brett Seney -- Joey Anderson

Miles Wood -- Jean-Sebastien Dea -- Stefan Noesen

Mirco Mueller -- Sami Vatanen

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Ben Lovejoy

Keith Kinkaid

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Kurtis Gabriel, Egor Yakovlev

Injured: Steven Santini (jaw), Nico Hischier (upper body), Brian Boyle (upper body)


Status report

Brassard will miss his eighth straight game. ... Boyle was placed on injured reserve and Zacha was recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League.


Stat pack

The Penguins are 3-for-24 on the power play in their past seven games. ... Malkin will play his 800th NHL game; he made his NHL debut against New Jersey and scored against Hockey Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur on Oct. 18, 2006. 

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