Saturday, October 11, 2008

Game #3 - vs New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils (1-0-0, 2 pts) at Pittsburgh Penguins (1-1-0, 2 pts)

It's the home opener tonight for the Pens after opening the season in Sweden. I'm sure they're happy to be home and anxious to get on the ice.

The most obvious area in need of improvement is the power play, which faltered badly in their split of games with Ottawa. They also could use some work on their puck possession game and figuring out how to play without having Gonchar and Whitney to eat up big minutes.

The Devils won their home opener last night by beating the Islanders 2-1. Brodeur, who is just 12 wins shy of the career wins mark, was stellar in goal. The only goal he allowed was a deflection off of the skate of his own defensemen (Martin).

New Jersey also has added some firepower in the form of Brian Rolston, and some grit in the form of Bobby Holik. Some of those guys, Brodeur included, are getting up there in years. Maybe Marty will be too tired to give a good effort tonight.

The Devils rolled four lines last night. Everyone, with the exception of Mike Rupp, played at least 10 minutes. That should serve them well tonight.

Kevin Weekes has the role of Mr Irrelevant in the NHL this year - he's the backup to Brodeur, who almost never sits.

If you're going to the game, get ready for a traffic nightmare!

Let's Go Pens!

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