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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins travel to New Jersey on Friday to meet the Devils at 7:30 p.m.

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 (11-8-4) return home Saturday to take on the New York Islanders. It marks the end of a crucial five-game span against Atlantic Division foes in nine days.

“It’s a huge weekend for us,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “It’s a division game – nothing that we haven’t faced before.”

Meanwhile, the Devils (12-9-2) return home for the first time since Nov. 17. New Jersey completed a brutal, winless four-game road stretch against Pacific Division foes.

“We’re going to be facing a team that’s going to be hungry to win,” Therrien said. “They didn’t get the success on the West Coast, but they are a really tough team to play against. We’re in a situation, where in the standings we need those two points, so we’re going to go over there and we have to find a way to win the hockey game.”

The Penguins hope Mark Recchi continues his strong play. The veteran winger remains hot as he has 11 points (5+6) in his last nine games. He is now five assists shy of 800 and 10 goals from 500 in his NHL career.

“I am really impressed with Mark Recchi. The job he is doing on the ice and the job he is doing in the dressing room with those young kids,” Therrien said. “You want to have leaders and he is a true leader. But, to be able to lead, you have to perform. To be a good leader on the ice, you have to do the job. That’s the way it goes. Recchi is doing a fantastic job. He’s such a competitor.”

Marc-Andre Fleury gets the start in goal. He earned the win in Tuesday’s 3-2 triumph over the Islanders.


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