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Game Preview: Pens-Devils

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens travel to New Jersey to face the Devils to open a 3-game road trip that will complete the 2016-17 season. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Devils

TIME: 7 p.m. EST

PLACE: Prudential Center

TV: ROOT Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

The Pens finish the 2016-17 season with a 3-game road trip, starting in New Jersey … The Pens have a 3-point lead on Columbus for 2nd place in the Metro Division and home-ice advantage in the First Round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. A win tonight will almost certainly (though not officially) lock Pittsburgh in that slot … The Pens 109 points this season ties for the 2nd-most in club history (2013-14) ... Sidney Crosby was named team MVP for the 7th time in his career, 2nd most in franchise history behind Mario Lemieux (12) … Jake Guentzel has a 3-game point streak (3G-1A) … Trevor Daley (knee) and Tom Sestito (upper-body) made the trip and hope to be back in the lineup … Pittsburgh injuries: Daley (knee), Carl Hagelin (lower-body), Chris Kunitz (lower-body), Kris Letang (herniated disc), Olli Maatta (hand), Evgeni Malkin (shoulder), Sestito (upper-body) … New Jersey has the worst record in the Eastern Conference … Devils forward Patrik Elias announced last Friday that he was retiring after 20 NHL seasons, all in New Jersey. His jersey No. 26 will be retired prior to the club's final home game of the season. Elias has missed this entire season with a knee injury … Taylor Hall leads the team in scoring with 52 points (19G-33A) while Kyle Palmieri leads the club in goals at 25. Palmieri has 6 goals and 8 points in his last 6 games against Pittsburgh ... Damon Severson leads D-men and is 5th on team with 31 points (3G-28A) … Keith Kinkaid recorded his 1st shutout of the season with 35 saves against Philadelphia on Tuesday … New Jersey injuries: Jacob Josefson (upper-body), Devante Smith-Pelly (lower-body), Miles Wood (upper-body).

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

*The Pens held an optional morning skate. Healthy skaters that did not participate were Crosby, Phil Kessel, Nick Bonino, Justin Schultz, Ron Hainsey and Ian Cole.

*Evgeni Malkin and Olli Maatta skated in "no contact" jerseys.

*Trevor Daley will be a game-time decision for the game. 

*Matt Murray will start in goal.

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