The Penguins return home for a five-game homestand, including three-straight games against the New Jersey Devils, at PPG Paints Arena. Tonight is the Penguins' Military Appreciation Game presented by 84 Lumber. Pittsburgh is 6-2-1 in its last nine games against New Jersey dating back to Feb. 19, 2019. The Penguins have points in four consecutive games against the Devils (3-0-1). Pittsburgh will play seven of their remaining 11 games here at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins have earned points in 12 of their last 15 games overall (10-3-2).
Bryan Rust has points in seven consecutive games (4G-6A) against the Devils, and has points in nine of his last 10 games (6G-6A) overall versus them.
Jared McCann has 13 points (7G-6A) over his last 13 games. Since March 24, McCann's 13 points are tied for third on Pittsburgh behind Sidney Crosby (18) and Jake Guentzel (16).
Jake Guentzel enters tonight's game with points in six-straight games versus New Jersey (6G-4A). He has 20 points (10G-10A) in 18 career contests against the Devils.
Pittsburgh has allowed two or fewer goals in nine of its last 10 home games.
Tristan Jarry is 2-1-1 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in four career starts against New Jersey.
I CAN CECI CLEARLY NOW
Cody Ceci continues to accumulate points as he's notched five points (5A) in his last six games and eight points (1G-7A) in his past 11 games. Since April 8, Ceci's five assists are tied for the third - most among NHL defensemen. In his past 31 games dating back to February 18, Ceci has been plus or even in 30 of them and in that span is a plus-13, tied with Brian Dumoulin for the best on Pittsburgh. This season, Ceci leads the Penguins with a plus-14.