Pittsburgh Penguins vs New Jersey Devils FREE LIVE STREAM (04/09/21): Watch NHL On-line | Time, TV, channel
The New Jersey Devils will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in a regular NHL season game on Friday, April 9, 2021 (04/09/21) at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Local fans can watch the game for free via a trial version of fuboTV. Out-of-market fans can watch with ESPN +.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: NHL regular season
Who: penguins versus devils
When: Wednesday, January 9, 2021
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Where: supervisory center
TV: MSG2, AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh (local markets only)
Channel finder: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-Vers, Comcast Xfinity, Spektrum / Charter, Optimum / Altice, Cox, DIRECTV, Dish, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling.
Live stream: fuboTV (free trial, local markets only), ESPN + (only outside the market)
The harsh reality of the Devils stepping down to end the season after defenseman Damon Severson had little home play for the New York Islanders after trading with New Jersey key strikers Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac.
“It’s obviously (stinks) where we are in the standings and the way the season has gone,” said Severson on Thursday, a day after the deal closed. “I think people understand where we are. We understand that we are being rebuilt a bit here. And hopefully we can speed it up. “
Though the deal wasn’t surprising given that Palmieri and Zajac were both finalizing their contracts for the last few years, the deal officially began to shift the Devils’ focus to the future beyond this season.
New Jersey earned two draft picks, including the Islanders pick in the first round that year, and strikers AJ Greer and Mason Jobst.
The move took place before the NHL closed on Monday. The Devils finished seventh in the East Division standings and, after a 6-3 win at Buffalo during the day, remained 14 points out of competition with 18 games remaining.
New Jersey improved to 1-2-2 in the last five with two wins in the last eight (2-4-2).
A valued two-way center, Zajac was in its 15th season with New Jersey, while Palmieri is an 11-year-old veteran doing his sixth season with the Devils.
Frustratingly, this is an all-too-familiar position for Severson, having previously watched the Devils sell talent for assets.
Two years ago the Devils brought Marcus Johansson to Boston. Last year, Severson said goodbye to Taylor Hall, Wayne Simmonds, Andy Greene and Blake Coleman.
In his seventh season in New Jersey, Severson becomes the longest-running player on the team during a stretch where the Devils only made one playoffs in 2018.
“It’s definitely frustrating,” said Severson. “I try not to show the frustration too much, but sometimes it definitely takes its toll. But I definitely want to be part of the solution to get this organization back to where it should be. “
The departures of Palmieri and Zajac created a huge vacuum of veteran leadership so the Devils could rely on their core youth, which recently included Captain Nico Hischier, Pavel Zacha, Jack Hughes and Ty Smith.
“It’s never easy to make such big trades,” said Hischier, who has resumed training but missed his 22nd game with an upper body injury.
“You have to be happy to stick together even more,” he added. “I’m not going to lie, these two players are missing here. But I think that’s part of business. We’ll just try to get out there and do our best. “
Coach Lindy Ruff couldn’t hide his disappointment in assessing the deal.
“Yesterday was a tough day. We lost two good players, more importantly, two guys who were great with our young guys, ”said Ruff.
The trade puts the emphasis on getting the younger New Jersey players to play bigger roles.
“It’s a hell of a good opportunity and everyone will get a chance to show what they can bring,” said Ruff. “And this opportunity, when you are prepared, is your time to shine and hopefully try to make a difference.”
He relies on his children to bring energy and enthusiasm.
“With energy, mistakes can sometimes come, but mistakes will happen,” said Ruff. “And I’d rather see her when you’re up to speed and bring it up. I want all of these guys to have youthful energy. “
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)