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DEVILS (18-23-7) at PENGUINS (26-16-6)



The Game

Matt Murray will try for his 11th win in 12 starts for the Pittsburgh Penguins when they face the New Jersey Devils at PPG Paints Arena on Monday.

Murray is 10-1-0 with a 1.81 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and two shutouts since returning after missing nine games with a lower-body injury. He was 0-4-1 in his previous six starts.

The Penguins are 1-3-0 in their past four games after winning 10 of their previous 11 (10-1-0). They have allowed at least four goals in four of their past five games.

The Devils have been outscored 11-4 during a three-game losing streak and are 2-6-0 in their past eight games. They won the first two games against the Penguins this season, 5-1 in Pittsburgh on Nov. 5 and 4-2 in New Jersey on Nov. 13.


Players to watch

Devils forward Blake Coleman has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past seven games.

Penguins center Sidney Crosby has 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in his past 13 games. He was named the NHL’s First Star for the week ending Jan. 27.


They said it

“For us, we’re still trying to find our game consistently. … We have played well against [the Penguins] and matched up well against them. I think that can give you some confidence.” — Devils forward Travis Zajac

“We know this is the most important stretch of the season. Our division is really tight. Every two points we can grab along the way are going to be really important.” — Penguins defenseman Kris Letang


Devils projected lineup

Marcus JohanssonNico HischierKyle Palmieri

Miles Wood — Travis Zajac — Blake Coleman

Brett SeneyPavel ZachaJesper Bratt

Brian BoyleKevin RooneyDrew Stafford

Andy GreeneDamon Severson

Will ButcherSami Vatanen

Mirco MuellerSteven Santini

Keith Kinkaid

Cameron Johnson

Scratched: Egor Yakovlev, Kurtis Gabriel

Injured: Taylor Hall (lower body), Joey Anderson (ankle), Stefan Noesen (lower body), Ben Lovejoy (upper body), Cory Schneider (abdominal strain)


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel — Sidney Crosby — Dominik Simon

Bryan RustEvgeni MalkinPhil Kessel

Tanner PearsonDerick BrassardPatric Hornqvist

Riley SheahanMatt CullenGarrett Wilson

Brian Dumoulin — Kris Letang

Olli MaattaJuuso Riikola

Marcus PetterssonJack Johnson

Matt Murray

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel

Injured: Justin Schultz (left leg fracture), Zach Aston-Reese (upper body)


Status report

Wood is expected to return after missing three games with a lower-body injury. He was left wing on the second line with Zajac and Coleman during the morning skate. … Schultz and Aston-Reese skated before Pittsburgh’s morning skate but will not play. … The Penguins traded defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to the Dallas Stars for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft on Monday.


Stat pack

The Devils are 89-0-14 when leading after the second period since the start of the 2015-16 season. … Letang needs one goal to tie Paul Coffey for the most by a defenseman in Penguins history (108).

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