Three Stars: 1. Marc-Andre Fleury 2. Chad Ruhwedel 3. Evgeni Malkin
New Jersey is now 0-1-1 vs. Pittsburgh this season and is 4-12-5 on the road. The teams will meet again Dec. 27 at Prudential Center.
The Devils completed their seventh of 18 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 2-3-2 in first games and is 3-2-2 in second games of back-to-back matches.
The Devils are 3-2-2 vs. the Metropolitan Division and are 7-7-5 against Eastern Conference opponents this season.
New Jersey is 1-6-1 at PPG Paints Arena and is 6-7-2 overall vs. the Penguins since the 2013-14 season.
New Jersey was out-shot 24-39 tonight, including 2-10 in the first period.
The Devils were held to a season-low two shots on goal in the first period (tie, Nov. 6 at Car., 4-1 W).
The Devils were 0-2 on the power play and are 3-15 (20.0%) over the last five games.
New Jersey did not convert on a 40 second five-on-three man-advantage at 11:37 of the second period. The club is 0-3 in five-on-three opportunities in 2016-17.
The Devils were 1-2 on the penalty-kill and are 6-8 (75%) while shorthanded over the past five games.
At 13:24 of the second period, Pittsburgh requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Kyle Palmieri interfered with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury before the puck entered the net. After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line.
Kyle Palmieri notched his sixth goal of the season and his second in the past two games.
John Moore and Taylor Hall recorded the assists on Palmieri’s marker.
Moore has points (2a) in consecutive games for the second time this season. He has 5g-8a-13pts this season. He had his career-best offensive season with the Devils in 2015-16 when he recorded 4g-15a-19pts.
Hall has assists in consecutive games. He is second on New Jersey with 8g-14a-22pts.
Cory Schneider made his 26th start and dropped to 10-11-5 on the season. He stopped 35 of 39 shots.
Andy Greene and Damon Severson each led New Jersey in ice-time with 21:24. Greene’s four blocked shots was the team-high tonight.
Vernon Fiddler led New Jersey with a season-high five hits. He was also 8-15 (53%) in the faceoff circle.