Pittsburgh is coming off a 4-2 win over the Flyers on Sunday. The Penguins committed eight penalties in the game, though they held Philadelphia without a power play goal.
Rickard Rakell led the Penguins with two goals. Casey DeSmith had a great performance with 31 saves (.939%) in the win. New Jersey fell 6-1 to the Jets on Sunday. Nico Hischier was the only player to score for the Devils. Vitek Vanecek started in the loss and saved only 17 of 21 shots (.809%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Devils have won all three games between the teams this season, including a 5-2 victory in their most recent meeting in February, their fourth straight win against Pittsburgh. Hischier led New Jersey with four points (2G 2A). Evgeni Malkin led Pittsburgh with two goals. Vanecek got the win, saving 29 of 31 shots (.935%).
Pittsburgh is averaging 3.21 goals per game for the season, 17th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Devils team that is allowing 2.75 goals a game (9th).
Meanwhile, New Jersey has found the net 3.43 times a game on average, sixth in the league, and the Penguins are allowing opponents to score 3.22 goals per game (18th).
Both teams average more shots per game than most teams in the league. Pittsburgh ranks No. 4 with 34.5 shots, while New Jersey’s 34.5 average ranks fifth.
When it comes to shot-stopping, the Devils have been more successful, stopping .907% of shots as a team (13th), while the Penguins have a team save percentage of .907% (14th).
The Penguins’ 21.40% power play percentage ranks 14th in the league, while the Devils are 17th with a conversion rate of 20.95%. When it comes to penalty killing, New Jersey has the league’s eighth-ranked PK% at 82.03%, while Pittsburgh is 18th at 78.78%.
With 88 points this season, Sidney Crosby is the top skater for the Penguins. He has 31 goals and 57 assists in 77 games. In the net, Tristan Jarry (22-11-6) is Pittsburgh’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.93 GAA and a .909% save percentage.
Jack Hughes leads the Devils in scoring with 90 points. He has 40 goals (9th) and 50 assists. Vanecek (30-11-4) is the top goalie for New Jersey with a goals against average of 2.52. He has a save percentage of .908%.
HOME AND AWAY
Pittsburgh is 16-17-5 on the road this season. New Jersey is 21-13-4 at home this season.
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