Game Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins @ New Jersey Devils 1/22/2023 – Lines, how to watch

Who: Pittsburgh Penguins (23-15-7, 53 factors, fifth place Metropolitan Division) @ New Jersey Devils (2912-4, 62 factors, 2nd place Metropolitan Division)

When: 2:00 pm Eastern

How to Watch: AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh within the Western PA viewing market, MSG-SN within the NY/NJ space, NHL Network exterior of the native areas, Sportsnet in Canada

Opponent Track: This is the primary recreation again at residence for New Jersey following a profitable 4-0-1 western highway journey. But they did lose their final outing, 4-3 in OT in Seattle. The Devils have been robust to beat in regulation recently, they’re 6-1-2 in calendar 2023.

Pens Path Ahead: The Pens have three extra video games after this one this week earlier than hitting the lengthy All-Star break. Tuesday will probably be again in Pittsburgh to meet the Panthers, adopted by a fast journey to one other division opponent in DC on Thursday. Then the Pens are again at residence on Saturday to face San Jose.

Season Series: NJ took spherical one with a 4-2 victory in Pittsburgh on December thirtieth. This is the second matchup, the third one is again in PA on Saturday, February 18th. The fourth and last PIT/NJ recreation is late within the 12 months on April sixth again in Jersey.

Getting to know the Devils

SBN associate weblog: All About the Jersey

Thursday’s Game Lines

FORWARDS

Ondrej Palat – Nico Hischier – Jesper Bratt

Erik Haula – Jack Hughes – Dawson Mercer

Yegor Sharangovich – Jesper Boqvist – Tomas Tatar

Miles Wood – Michael McLeod – Nathan Bastian

DEFENSEMEN

Jonas Siegenthaler / Dougie Hamilton

Ryan Graves / Damon Severson

Nikita Okhotyuk / Brendan Smith

Goalies: Vitek Vanecek (Mackenzie Blackwood)

Scratches: Fabian Zetterlund, Alexander Holtz, Kevin Bahl

IR: John Marino, Jonathan Bernier

—Marino is nearing a return from his higher physique damage with common practices.

—Getting Palat again within the lineup after an extended damage absence actually goes to assist power and stability the group up entrance.

Stats

by way of hockeydb

—At 56 factors, Hughes has tied his NHL season-finest (set final 12 months, in 49 video games performed). This is the primary alternative to have a full season, and he is made essentially the most of it at present on a 102-level tempo.

—Now in his sixth NHL season, Hischier has grown proper together with the group that picked him first total in 2017. He’s up to some extent per recreation, has labored up to being the group captain and might play in any state of affairs. Not as flashy as a few of his premiere friends, however is quietly changing into one of many high gamers within the recreation.

Head-to-head matchup

—It’s arrange to be an uphill battle for the Penguins tonight. New Jersey has been an elite 5v5 group this season, and that is fueled their place within the standings to win a ton of video games.

And now for the Pens…

Potential Game Lines

Forwards

Jake Guentzel – Sidney Crosby – Bryan Rust

Jason Zucker – Evgeni Malkin – Rickard Rakell

Brock McGinn – Teddy Blueger – Jeff Carter

Drew O’Connor – Jonathan Gruden – Danton Heinen

Defense

Marcus Pettersson / Jeff Petry

Brian Dumoulin / Mark Friedman

PO Joseph / Chad Ruhwedel

Goalies: Tristan Jarry (Casey DeSmith)

Scratches: Ty Smith, Kasperi Kapanen (decrease physique damage, week-to-week)

IR: Jan Rutta, Josh Archibald, Ryan Poehling, Kris Letang

— Letang practiced yesterday, however is just not making the journey to NJ. He was in a “contact jersey” but in addition simply to ensure for the ability play that he would match everybody else, so Letang may not be tremendous shut to coming again. But hey, it is getting nearer every single day in that perspective.

—Up entrance, Archibald and Poehling additionally took steps ahead within the common apply jersey however neither took line rushes. Given the state of the fourth line, it might be a lift to get them again too. Archibald’s not with the group at present, and Poehling continues to be on IR so we’ll see if strikes occur however it would not appear imminent.

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