New Jersey and Pittsburgh have met three times this season and the surprising Devils knocked off the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins each time.
Thursday night at the Prudential Center, the Devils look to finish a sweep of the four-game season series when they host the Penguins.
"We've played some of the best teams in the league and hung tough with them," said Devils center Blake Coleman, also referring to his club's perfect record against the East-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. "Games against teams like this, good teams are going to have big pushes and it's how you handle those pushes. We've done a good job with that and found different ways to win."
The Devils opened the season series by beating the Penguins at home 3-1 on Feb. 3. Twenty-four days later, they bested their Metropolitan Division rivals 3-2 in Pittsburgh. Then just last week, the Devils skated to a 4-3 win in Pittsburgh on Taylor Hall's overtime goal.
"They're a strong team, they've won back-to-back Stanley Cups, they've got skill on all four lines, and they're hard to play against," Hall said of the Penguins. "You have to learn to hang with them, handle those momentum changes, play when there's a lot of chaos going on and stave off those rough stages in a game. We're still learning all that against a team like them." << Read more
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