Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New Jersey Devils - 3/17/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kate Frese

They certainly showed why on Wednesday night. The Devils won each of the first two games: 4-0 in Newark on December 22 and 4-1 in Philadelphia on January 21. In a losing cause, Kyle Palmieri scored power play (21st) and even strength (22nd) goals, while Beau Bennett (4th) and John Moore (7th) also tallied for the Devils.

The Penguins looked like a team finishing up a five-game, eight-day road trip that covered four time zones. The balanced Philadelphia attack featured goals from Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Dale Weiss. We're going to keep working on our game. Prior to Thursday, they were an admirable 8-4-2 in such games. The journey got longer due to Tuesday's snowstorm in the Northeast, which caused the Penguins to fly home from Calgary on Tuesday rather than directly to Philadelphia.

"I think everyone's been in different situations over the course of their career", Sidney Crosby said. "We're on the second night of back-to-backs, but at this time of the year, none of us are going to make excuses for that".

All four lines contributed at least one goal as the Penguins moved within a point of first-place Washington in the Metropolitan Division.

After the Devils countered with three goals in succession, Brayden Schenn got one back for the Flyers about midway through the second stanza. "We obviously didn't have the juice we normally have, but give the Flyers credit". "They make great plays so the more time they don't have the puck is the better". He saved some of his best work for late in the game, making three strong stops within four minutes of each other with under 10 minutes remaining.

Coming into Wednesday night's game, coach Mike Sullivan said he wasn't anxious about a lack of emotion because of the history of hatred ingrained in the intrastate rivalry.

The Flyers then ran the game's first decent power play to increase their lead to 2-0. Murray stopped 24 of 28 Flyers shots.

"It's pretty cool", Simmonds said about getting his 200th goal. The goal was Simmonds' 29th of the season, 200th of his National Hockey League career and 15th power play goal of the season.

"We know we're a better team; we know we can be in a better position". He left Thursday's game because of cramping.

The game featured the return of defenceman Mark Streit, the former Flyers assistant captain who was traded by Philadelphia on March 1.

Scratches For the Flyers: Forwards Nick Cousins (upper body) and Roman Lyubimov (healthy), and defenseman Brandon Manning (upper body).

On the injury front, Michael Raffl (lower-body injury) remains on injured reserve and could miss the rest of the regular season.

The Penguins also lost another player to an apparent injury when defenseman Ron Hainsey did not come out from the locker room after the second intermission. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz received a loud ovation when he was introduced while attending his first Flyers game.

Kinkaid is 7-9-2 this season with a 2.63 goals-against average and.916 save percentage. Crosby's secondary assist gave him 640 for his career, tying him with Jaromir Jagr for second all-time in franchise history. Mario Lemieux owns the club record with 1,033.

The Last Devils-Penguins Game: These teams last met on December 27 with Pittsburgh earning a 5-2 victory over New Jersey.

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