The Devils have dominated the Penguins in New Jersey in recent years, winning 13 of the past 15 meetings at the Prudential Center, including the previous five. Pittsburgh has managed only six goals over those five contests after a 3-1 loss Dec. 29.
Cory Schneider, who stopped 27 shots in that victory, has won each of his last two starts and owns a 1.16 goals-against average over his last five at home. Schneider leads all NHL goaltenders with 42 starts and will match a career high with another Friday.
He'll likely be opposed by Marc-Andre Fleury, which would mark the netminders' fourth meeting this season. Prior to New Jersey's win Dec. 29, Fleury helped the Penguins win two matchups with the Devils in Pittsburgh, including a 29-save shutout Dec. 2.
Fleury's career against New Jersey has been feast or famine. He has recorded five shutouts against the Devils - his best mark versus any team - but, including overtime and shootout defeats, has also lost to New Jersey 27 times, more than any other opponent.
He'll face a Devils offense that ranks toward the bottom of the NHL with 2.21 goals per game, yet managed to pick up a 2-1 shootout win over Toronto on Wednesday behind 29 saves from Schneider. Adam Larsson scored with 2:50 left in the third to force overtime.
"Any win is a good win for us at this point," veteran center Patrick Elias said. "It wasn't an easy game coming off the (All-Star) break. We just didn't have it going. Schneids kept us in there for the first two."