Thursday, March 18, 2010

Penguins Fall Once Again to Division Foe Devils

By Eric Bancker

For whatever reason Sidney Crosby and the high powered Penguins cannot seem to beat the Devils. They fell once again last night to the Devils in a 5-2 game where the Devils dominated play. The loss gave New Jersey the season series sweep over the Penguins. In those 6 games the Devils outscored the Penguins 22-5. That just goes to show how tough it is to beat goaltender and future hall of famer Martin Brodeur. The Penguins say they are not concerned about the season series sweep and are just looking ahead to the rest of the stretch run and the playoffs. But should they be worried?

Lets break this season series
Game 1: October 24th Devils win 4-1
Game 2: November 12th Devils win 4-1
Game 3: December 21st Devils win 4-0
Game 4: December 30th Devils win 2-0
Game 5: March 12th Devils win 3-1
Game 6: March 17th Devils win 5-2

Against the rest of the division the Penguins are 12-2-2 averaging 4.13 goals per game and averaging 2.8 goals against per game. Now against the Devils in 6 games they averaged .8 goals per game and averaged 3.6 goals against per game. I don't know about you but I think that they should be very concerned. Now granted they will not face each other in the 1st round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, unless one of them completely collapses within the next few weeks. The most likely way for these two teams to meet would be in the Eastern Conference Finals and judging by the way this season series has gone, the Devils have the upper hand.

The best way for the Penguins to take "revenge" (if that's what you want to call it) is for them to finish strong in their last 12 games and take the division title away from the New Jersey Devils. That journey begins tonight as they fly into Boston to take on the high powered and hard hitting Bruins who are fighting to hold off the New York Rangers and clinch themselves a playoff spot.

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