New Jersey Devils Game 6 Preview: at Pittsburgh Penguins

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 26: New Jersey Devils center Dawson Mercer (18) skates during the first period of the National Hockey league game between the New Jersey Devils and the Calgary Flames on October 26, 2021 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils travel to the steel city for their first road game of the season against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Tale of the Tape:

Record: 3-2-0 (6 points, 8th in Metro)

The Opponent: Pittsburgh Penguins (3-2-2) – FHN Blog: The Igloo

Puckdrop: 7:00 PM ET

Venue: PPG Paints Arena

Expected Goaltenders: Jonathan Bernier (2-0-0) / Scott Wedgewood (0-2-0) vs. Tristian Jarry (3-1-1)

Television Broadcasts: MSG+, ATTSN-PT

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins have struggled recently as they lost their last two games by a combined score of 9-1. Pittsburgh has been able to stay above NHL .500 this season with a couple of star players missing due to injury.

However, the team will look much different in tonight’s matchup as they welcome Sidney Crosby back to the lineup for the first time this season. Crosby has made the game look easy against the Devils in his career accumulating 84 points (38 G, 46 A) in only 71 games played.

Tristian Jarry is expected to get the start in tonight and is off to a hot start this season. Jarry famously struggled in the Stanley Cup playoffs last season but has only allowed nine goals in five games this year.

New Jersey Devils

New Jersey had an awful showing in their last game against the Calgary Flames. The Devils were sunk by an awful first period which saw Calgary score four goals in the first 13 minutes of the game. They settled down after that point but still could not recover as they lost the game 5-3.

Goaltending help is on the horizon as Jonathan Bernier and Mackenzie Blackwood are expected to return over the next few games. For tonight’s game, head coach Lindy Ruff declined to say whether or not the starter will be Jonathan Bernier or Scott Wedgewood.

With Jack Hughes being out at least five weeks, the team is scrambling to find consistent scoring in their top six forwards. Expect rookie Dawson Mercer to get more chances in the top six coming off of a two-point outing against Calgary.

Player to Watch: Michael McLeod

During his NHL career, Travis Zajac made a living matching up against Crosby’s line. Now, with Zajac retired, someone needs to step into the defensive center who can play in a shutdown type of role.

This is what Michael McLeod is developing into during his young career. So far this season, McLeod has been the man on the ice to take a big face-off or kill a big penalty. McLeod will be sharing the ice with Crosby and the Penguins’ top line for the majority of this game.

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