What’s a New Jersey Devil?

According to the encyclopedia, The Jersey Devil is a legendary creature said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of Southern, NJ. The creature is often described as a kangaroo-like creature with the head of a goat, leathery bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, cloven hooves, and a forked tail. It has been reported to move quickly and often is described as emitting a “blood-curdling scream.”  While that legend sounds awfully frightening, the New Jersey Devils, foes in the new Metropolitan Division, have not been as frightening to anyone, especially the Pittsburgh Penguins.  In 3 match-ups against the Devils, the Penguins are 2-1.

October 3: Penguins 3 Devils 0

November 16: Devils 4 Penguins 1

December 13: Penguins 3 Devils 2

Team Comparison

Pittsburgh

New Jersey

3.1

Goals Per Game

2.38

2.29

Goals Against Per Game

2.4

30.66

Shots on Goal Per Game

25.23

27.29

Shots Against Per Game

25.05

10.41

Penalty Minutes Per Game

7.95

36

Power Play Goals

21

25.7%

Power Play %

18.4%

15

Power Play Goals Allowed

17

87.7%

Penalty Kill %

86.7%

2

Shorthanded Goals

3

1

Shorthanded Goals Allowed

1

 

The Penguins (29-11-1) have injuries to Malkin, Scuderi, Dupuis, and Letang.  On the other hand, the Devils (16-16-8) have injuries to Bernier and Volchenkov.  Both teams are looking for a much needed win in the Metropolitan Division.  Today’s game is an early one, starting at 1 PM.  Happy New Year everyone and enjoy!

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