New Jersey (37-28-8) is on the playoff bubble, seven points behind Pittsburgh. The Devils will be ending a six-game road trip, having lost two in row after winning the first three. That includes a 6-2 thrashing Tuesday at San Jose in their most recent outing.
"There are just some parts of our game where we're a little bit off," winger and leading scorer Taylor Hall said. "It doesn't seem like we have the confidence with the puck right now that we've had all season long. We have to find that.
"We're looking forward to finishing our road trip on the right foot."
The Devils have won both meetings between the teams, both since the start of February, by matching Pittsburgh's speed and keeping the Penguins' chances to a dull roar. The clubs have one more game after Friday.
"The later it gets in March, and then in April, our group really has to learn quickly after the two (recent losses)," New Jersey coach John Hynes said. "I think there's a lot of things we can gather from these two games to make us a better team going into Pittsburgh and then Tampa (Saturday at home)." << Read more
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