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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins head to New Jersey on Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a huge Atlantic Division matchup with the Devils.

FSN Pittsburgh will televise the contest at 7:30 p.m., while 105.9 The X will start its radio broadcast with a pregame show at 7 p.m. The broadcast may be found live through streaming audio on as well. Tune in for Penguins Hotline following every game on 105.9 The X and the Penguins Radio Network. Join in the conversation with host Bob Grove by calling the Penn Telecom toll-free line at 1-866-922-2874.

Email and maybe Bob Grove or Phil Bourque will answer your question during the second intermission of the game.

The Penguins (30-17-9) trail the Devils (35-16-6) by seven points, 76-69, in the race for the Atlantic Division title. Pittsburgh is 1-3 against the Devils this year (0-2 in New Jersey). However, the two teams have three games remaining after this encounter – including two at Mellon Arena.

And, while the Penguins remain one of the NHL’s hottest teams with points in their last 14 games (12-0-2), New Jersey has been on fire as well. The Devils have won 16 of their last 22 games, including five of their last six contests, to maintain their spot atop the Atlantic Division – six points away from Buffalo for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Penguins center Sidney Crosby maintains a double-digit lead in the NHL scoring race with 88 points (25+63) in 53 games. Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier is second with 78 points (39+39) in 59 games – six more than Crosby, who has points in his last two contests.

Evgeni Malkin owns a 14-point lead in the rookie scoring race with 64 points (28+36) in 52 games. Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar is second with 50 points (16+34) in 59 games – seven more than Malkin. Jordan Staal (23+6) is sixth in rookie points in 55 games, but is second in rookie goals behind Malkin. Staal continues to lead the NHL in shooting percentage (27.7) and short-handed goals (5).

Max Talbot and (2+1) and Michel Ouellet (2+2) have tallied points in their last three games for the Penguins.

This game is the first in a string of three contests in four days for the Penguins, who welcome Washington to Mellon Arena on Sunday afternoon and then head to Long Island to battle the Islanders on Monday in another matinee.


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