The Pittsburgh Penguins (26-16-6) host the last place New Jersey Devils (18-23-7) at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins lost two straight before their bye week and All-Star breaks overlapped to create a nine-day break. The Penguins are in the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, five points behind the division-leading New York Islanders, and four points ahead of ninth-place Buffalo Sabres.
The Penguins have shuffled their lines again.
Expected Penguins Lines
|Jason Zucker||Sidney Crosby||Conor Sheary|
|Patrick Marleau||Evgeni Malkin||Bryan Rust|
|Evan Rodrigues||Jared McCann||Patric Hornqvist|
|Brandon Tanev||Teddy Blueger||Sam Lafferty|
|Brian Dumoulin||Kris Letang|
|Marcus Pettersson||John Marino|
|Jack Johnson||Justin Schultz|
The Penguins forwards Matt Cullen, Riley Sheahan and Zach Aston-Reese lead the team in takeaway/giveaway ratio.
Garrett Wilson is still looking for his first goal after 53 NHL games.
Sidney Crosby was named the first star of the week for his All-Star Game performance. He was the game MVP and had 10 points in the two-game tournament.
Scouts in Attendance:
Colorado Avalanche (2)
Vegas Golden Knights
New York Islanders
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