The Devils will see the Pittsburgh Penguins today, Saturday, in a very important battle for the Atlantic Divison.
With the state of the Eastern Conference standings and the Devils past losses against the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders, the Devils need two points to keep them from dropping further in the standings. The Pittsburgh Penguins just so happen to be tied with the Devils for second spot in the Eastern Conference – meaning whoever loses tonight will drop down to fourth in the East and could be dangerously close in points to lower teams, like the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, and the Carolina Hurricanes.
Pittsburgh is without their shinning star Sidney Crosby who is still experiencing some trouble with his ankle, which he injured several months ago. He came back for some action in February but decided to sit out once again to rest for the playoffs.
Nevertheless, Pittsburgh has been playing very well even without Sid the Kid, winning 6 of their last 8 games.
Every game is important, every game is a must-win situation, and every game could be the difference between 1st in the conference and 5th or more. But a game like this against a division rival, after the Devils have lost two in a row against division rivals, makes tonight’s game just that much more important.