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Game Preview: Pens-Devils

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens return home following their 5-game, 9-day road trip to host the New Jersey Devils. Tonight's game is presented by 7-UP. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Devils

TIME: 7 p.m. EST

PLACE: PPG Paints Arena

TV: ROOT Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

The Pens return from their 5-game, 9-day road trip having gone 3-1-1 … Pittsburgh is 20-2-2 at home this season and are on pace to hit 32 wins, which would tie a club record ... Evgeni Malkin has been dealing with an upper-body injury and will not play … Sidney Crosby is 1 assist shy of 640 in his career, which would tie Jaromir Jagr for 2nd place in franchise history … Ian Cole become the franchise's all-time leader in blocked shots in a single season. He currently has 167 on the year, besting the previous mark of 164 (Rob Scuderi, 2008-09). Cole and Phil Kessel are the only 2 Pens to play in every game season … Jake Guentzel has points in 6 of his last 8 home games (3G-4A) … The Pens recalled defenseman Derrick Pouliot from WBS … Pittsburgh injuries: Trevor Daley (knee), Carl Hagelin (lower-body), Ron Hainsey (undisclosed), Patric Hornqvist (concussion), Kris Letang (upper-body), Olli Maatta (hand), Bryan Rust (upper-body) … The Devils snapped a 10-game winless streak with a 6-2 victory against Philadelphia Thursday night. Prior New Jersey had lost 6 games in a row and are 0-8-2 in their 10 games … Taylor Hall and Adam Henrique each recorded 2 goals against Philly … Damon Severson leads the team D-men in scoring with 30 points (3G-27A). He has 5 multi-point games this season … New Jersey injuries: Jacob Josefson (upper-body), Mike Cammalleri (upper-body), Devante Smith-Pelly (lower-body), Blake Coleman (upper-body).

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

*Scott Wilson and Hainsey were absent from practice. Hainsey is week-to-week with an upper-body injury, but Wilson is available for the game.

*Malkin was on the ice, but prior to the start of skate left the ice. He's been dealing with an upper-body injury and the team decided to hold him out of the game.

*Hornqvist took part in the skate and line rushes. He will be a game-time decision.

*The Pens were switching around their lines, but Guentzel-Crosby-Sheary remained together.

*Defense pairs were…

Dumoulin-Schultz

Streit-Ruhwedel

Cole-Pouliot

*Matt Murray was the 1st goalie off the ice and will start. 

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