the Penguins to be too cool for the Devils when they entertain the New Jersey
side up in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. NHL odds makers have the Penguins at
final furlong of the final week of the regular season and Pittsburgh are still
working hard to get their best possible league finish. While the worst the team
can technically now finish is 5th spot, they should take heart from
the fact that the Philadelphia Flyers are in a flap and are in danger of letting their
position slide. Meanwhile behind them Tampa (five wins on the bounce) Bay are
going for their own little bit of history with a real late push for glory. The
Penguins play their final regular-season home contest at CONSOL Energy Center
against the Devils and expect them to give the home fans something to get
excited about before their season ending two-game road trip to Long Island and
Points mean places!
still have hopes of a top spot finish in the division and the Eastern
Conference, they currently sit three points behind both the Flyers and Capitals
with three games remaining for all the teams. The bad news is that while they
have victory within their grasp, they are still only one point ahead of Tampa
Bay for fifth. With everything to play for the Devils will probably be facing a
focused and professional herd of Penguins. The bookies certainly think that
it’ll be a Penguin flavoured night.
Sympathy for the Devils
while this season it looked like the boys from New Jersey were about to stage
an unlikely playoff assault, and sportsbooks had a panic as they saw lots of
betting on the long odds team. As things
turned out though, for the first time in a very long time the Devils found
themselves eliminated from the playoffs in the regulation season. New Jersey
last failed to book a place in the playoffs in 1996. It was Saturday’s 3-1 loss
to Montreal (who can secure their own playoff place with a win against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight) which finally snuffed out the impossible dream. "We knew it
was going to come," New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur said. "It
doesn't come as a shocker, really. We had a good run; we played really hard to
get ourselves in a position to compete for the last 10 games or 15 games or so
and try to get into the playoffs. It was just too much."
disappointing, no question about it," said Patrik Elias, who has never
before missed the playoffs in his 13-season career. "We worked so hard in
the offseason to get yourself ready and training camp and 82 games, to put
yourself in the playoffs and have an opportunity to compete for a Stanley Cup
and when you don't do that it's disappointing. This is the first time for me
and I guess there is a first time for everything, but I wish that wouldn't be
the case this year." New Jersey’s run of 13 consecutive seasons in the
playoffs is the second-longest active streak in the NHL behind Detroit's 20,
and will be a significant loss for Devils’ fans.
the Pittsburgh Penguins, because they had a chance to show the Lightning a clean pair of
heels in the standings, if they had beat them on Thursday, but instead they
couldn’t find the back of the net and went down to a one-goal loss to keep
things exciting. They bounced back well in their next game (on Saturday),
despite trailing 2-1 through 20 minutes, they turned the game around and
rerecorded a 4-2 victory to keep them in fourth (just). "We control our
own destiny," Right Wing Pascal Dupuis said. "We needed to win some
games and this one was an important one. It's a big two points."
out on when the Penguins face the Devils, I fear that New Jersey are now a
spent force and the Penguins can’t afford to give them an easy ride.
Concentrate your betting on the Penguins and a decent score.
4 - 2 Penguins.