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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 2/9/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



PITTSBURGH (8-3-0-0, 16 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (6-1-0-3, 15 pts.)
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Saturday, 2/9/2013 1:05 PM
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51PITTSBURGH-120Ov 5.5,+110-105Ov 5.5,+120
52NEW JERSEY+100Un 5.5,-130-115Un 5.5,-140
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-3-0+2.68-3+2.67-43.531.12.427.3
Team Stats (Road Games)6-1-0+4.66-1+4.64-33.730.92.030.1
Last 5 Games5-0-0+55-0+54-14.627.81.625.4
vs. Division5-1-0+35-1+33-33.731.51.827.2
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)11391313121434211.4%411229.3%61
Team Stats (Road Games)72612581421612.0%26830.8%39
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)52341180113916.5%19736.8%39
Team Stats (vs. Division)62274110318911.6%23626.1%34
Stats Against (All Games) 264139013008.7%42716.7%44
Stats Against (Road Games) 14266012116.6%28310.7%24
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 8224001276.3%19210.5%15
Stats Against (vs. Division) 11254001636.7%24312.5%19
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)7717515990.9%05-2+15-2-0+14-3
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Road Games)33938995.7%03-0+33-0-0+31-2
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (vs. Division)44948691.5%03-1+13-1-0+12-2
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)44928390.2%03-1+13-1-0+13-1
BRAD THIESSEN (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
BRAD THIESSEN (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
BRAD THIESSEN (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)5412411592.7%03-1+1.63-1-0+23-1
TOMAS VOKOUN (Road Games)4411710892.3%03-1+1.63-1-0+23-1
TOMAS VOKOUN (vs. Division)32696695.7%02-0+22-0-0+21-1
TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)43908493.3%02-1+0.62-1-0+12-1

NEW JERSEY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-4-0+1.66-4+1.64-62.726.42.226.2
Team Stats (Home Games)4-1-0+2.64-1+2.62-33.428.42.026.2
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.73-2+0.73-
vs. Division4-2-0+1.64-2+1.62-42.725.22.025.8
NEW JERSEY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)1027511101126410.2%42819.0%48
Team Stats (Home Games)5175741014212.0%26519.2%29
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5152670112412.1%18422.2%26
Team Stats (vs. Division)6164660115110.6%23313.0%28
Stats Against (All Games) 223511312628.4%49612.2%34
Stats Against (Home Games) 10135101317.6%27414.8%16
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 13156101319.9%23313.0%22
Stats Against (vs. Division) 12146101557.7%29413.8%21
NEW JERSEY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN BRODEUR (All Games)8821219290.6%15-3+1.55-3-0+24-4
MARTIN BRODEUR (Home Games)5513112192.4%14-1+2.64-1-0+32-3
MARTIN BRODEUR (vs. Division)5513312191.0%13-2+0.63-2-0+12-3
MARTIN BRODEUR (Last 4 Games)441099688.1%02-2-0.42-2-003-1
JOHAN HEDBERG (All Games)22504998.0%01-1+0.11-1-000-2
JOHAN HEDBERG (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JOHAN HEDBERG (vs. Division)112222100.0%01-0+11-0-0+10-1
JOHAN HEDBERG (Last 4 Games)22504998.0%01-1+0.11-1-000-2
Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 2.83,  NEW JERSEY 3.09
1/19/2013at PHILADELPHIA3-1W0, -125W6 ovU
1/20/2013at NY RANGERS6-3W0, -105W5.5 unO
1/23/2013TORONTO2-5L0, -200L6 unO
1/25/2013at WINNIPEG2-4L0, -140L5.5 ovO
1/27/2013at OTTAWA2-1W0, -110W5.5 ovU
1/29/2013NY ISLANDERS1-4L0, -200L5.5 ovU
1/31/2013at NY RANGERS3-0W0, +100W U
2/2/2013NEW JERSEY5-1W0, -145W5.5 unO
2/3/2013at WASHINGTON6-3W0, -130W5.5 unO
2/5/2013at NY ISLANDERS4-2W0, -145W5.5 ovO
2/7/2013WASHINGTON5-2W0, -200W5.5 ovO
2/9/2013at NEW JERSEY 
2/10/2013NEW JERSEY 
2/15/2013at WINNIPEG 
2/17/2013at BUFFALO 

NEW JERSEY - Schedule
1/19/2013at NY ISLANDERS2-1W0, -115W5 ovU
1/22/2013PHILADELPHIA3-0W0, -110W5.5 unU
1/25/2013WASHINGTON3-2W0, -170W5.5 unU
1/27/2013at MONTREAL3-4L0, -110L5 ovO
1/29/2013at BOSTON1-2L0, +150L5 ovU
1/31/2013NY ISLANDERS4-5L0, -140L5 ovO
2/2/2013at PITTSBURGH1-5L0, +125L5.5 unO
2/3/2013at NY ISLANDERS3-0W0, +105W5.5 unU
2/5/2013NY RANGERS3-1W0, -115W5 unU
2/7/2013TAMPA BAY4-2W0, -130W5.5 unO
2/10/2013at PITTSBURGH 
2/16/2013at NY ISLANDERS 

LAST SEASON: 51-25-6, 108 points. Lost to Philadelphia 4-2 in first round.

COACH: Dan Bylsma, 5th season with Penguins, 165-81-25.

ADDED: C Brandon Sutter, G Tomas Vokoun, LW Tanner Glass.

LOST: C Jordan Staal, RW Steve Sullivan, G Brent Johnson, RW Arron Asham, D Zbynek Michalek.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Sidney Crosby. The 25-year-old superstar appears to be fully recovered from concussion-like symptoms that limited him to just 22 games last season. He should be back in his comfort zone with linemates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz along for the ride. If healthy, he's the game's greatest playmaker.

OUTLOOK: With Crosby and reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin in their primes, anything less than a Stanley Cup will be considered a disappointment.


LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings, 4-2 in Stanley Cup final.

COACH: Peter DeBoer, 2nd season with Devils, 48-28-6; 5th overall, 151-135-42 in NHL.

ADDED: RW Bobby Butler, RW Krys Barch, LW Mathieu Darche (tryout).

LOST: LW Zach Parise, RW Petr Sykora, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Ilya Kovalchuk. With Parise playing for the Wild and the Devils' decision not to re-sign Sykora, Kovalchuk (37 goals) has to produce more to make up for the loss of 52 goals.

OUTLOOK: Despite losing Parise, their captain, the Devils return most of the players that came up two wins shy of a Stanley Cup. Martin Brodeur remains one of the league's top goaltenders at 40, and this veteran team has the potential to improve playing a second season under Peter DeBoer.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-NEW JERSEY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Penguins-Devils Preview* =========================


Pittsburgh (8-3-0) at New Jersey (6-1-3), 1:00 p.m. EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils are looking like two of the top contenders to come out of the Eastern Conference.

The Penguins hope their offense - one of the league's best - will come through again Saturday as they visit the Devils and their stifling defense.

Pittsburgh's 3.5 goals per game and New Jersey's 2.1 goals-against average are both among the top marks in the NHL. It was the Penguins breaking through the Devils' defense for a 5-1 home victory last Saturday, the second win on the team's five-game run.

After a 3-3-0 start, Pittsburgh (8-3-0) is resembling the squad that boasted last season's top scoring offense. During their winning streak, the Penguins are putting 16.6 percent of their shots in the back of the net, averaging 4.6 goals. They scored 2.7 goals per game over their first six contests.

Sidney Crosby tallied three points while leading Pittsburgh to a five-goal second period in a 5-2 home win over Washington on Thursday. Crosby, whose 12 assists are tied for second in the NHL, had a goal and two assists to increase his point streak to six games.

"I think right now we're confident in the way we're playing and believe in the way we're playing," said Crosby, whose streak is the longest since registering a point in 25 straight contests from Nov. 5-Dec. 28, 2010.

An improved power play, with adjustments from coach Dan Bylsma, has helped fuel the Penguins' streak. After scoring on 22.7 percent of their advantages through their first six games, they're 7 of 19 (36.8 percent) on power plays over the last five. Bylsma shifted forward James Neal to play closer to the net while giving Crosby more freedom to operate.

Pittsburgh scored on three of four power plays against Washington, its third straight game with at least one power-play goal.

"As long is everybody is working and we're shooting the puck, good things will happen," Neal said.

The Penguins, however, went 0 for 3 with the man advantage against New Jersey last week.

Crosby had a goal and an assist in that one giving him three goals and seven assists in his last four games versus the Devils.

New Jersey (6-1-3) has since bounced back from last Saturday's defeat - its most lopsided loss of the season - outscoring opponents 10-3 during a three-game winning streak.

The Devils are giving up 22.0 shots per game during their run after yielding 4.0 goals per game on 31.3 shots during an 0-1-3 stretch. The Penguins had 30 shots.

The Devils held Tampa Bay - which came in scoring on 32.5 percent of its power-play opportunities - scoreless on four chances with the extra skater in a 4-2 home victory Thursday. New Jersey has killed all 19 penalties in its last four games.

"I think it's just getting effort from everyone," captain Bryce Salvador told NHL's official website. "Everyone is buying in and everyone is sacrificing to get the job done. When things weren't going our way earlier in the season, we needed to work harder because when you're not working hard, you create bad bounces."

An appearance on Saturday would mark goaltender Martin Brodeur's 1,200th career game. The four-time Vezina Trophy winner, who is 5-1-2 with a 2.44 goals-against average this season, stopped 25 shots against the Penguins last weekend dropping to 0-3-0 with a 4.70 GAA in the last three in the series.

Penguins All-Star defenseman Kris Letang was a late scratch against the Capitals due to a lower-body injury. Letang has recorded nine points - including a goal versus New Jersey - in 10 games.

Last Updated: 5/24/2018 12:55:05 AM EST

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