PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 05: James Neal #18 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils battle for the puck at Consol Energy Center on April 5, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
The Penguins look to bounce back on the road with a New Year's Eve game against the Devils.
After falling at home to Jaromir Jagr and the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins will take their show on the road this weekend to face the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark. It will be the Pens final game of 2011 and their last game before they enjoy nearly a full week off. This is just the second of six meetings between the Pens and Devils, with Pittsburgh enjoying a 1-0 lead in the season series after a 4-1 home win at the end of October.
The Devils have won six of their last eight games and have worked their way up to one of the top six records in the conference. They are still fourth in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Division, and the Penguins have a quality opportunity to bid adieu to 2011 with a win Saturday night. It's a chance to bounce back from the discouraging loss to Philly and then enjoy a week of rest before the Rangers come to town next Friday.
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