The New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins are going to see quite a bit of one another down the stretch.
The Metropolitan Division rivals play four times in the next five weeks, with their first meeting of the season coming Saturday night at the Prudential Center.
"These (divisional) games are huge. We have to keep pushing the teams below us down and we want to check the guys above us," Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid said. "Now we have to go right into Saturday against Pittsburgh, and they've had a tremendous start to the second half, so we have to give it our all, play our game for a full 60 (minutes)."
The Penguins (29-21-3) come into Newark having won four straight games for the third time this season. On Friday night, they beat the Washington Capitals 7-4 as the red-hot Evgeni Malkin had two goals and two assists and Phil Kessel added two goals and one assist.
Malkin was the NHL's First Star of the Month in January, totaling 12 goals and 19 points in 15 games. He has seven goals in his last three games and 28 for the season. << Read more
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