Penguins stuck in hockey Hades; Devils burn them, 5-2

Earning a Metropolitan Division playoff berth was one of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ most basic objectives going into this season.

Their chances of doing that would probably be a lot better if they actually defeated a Metro team occasionally.

That’s something they haven’t managed since beating the New York Rangers Dec. 20, which is one of the reasons they’re hanging onto an Eastern Conference playoff berth by the edge of their fingernails.

The Penguins’ 5-2 loss to New Jersey at PPG Paints Arena Saturday, which came less than 24 hours after a 5-4 come-from-ahead defeat by the New York Islanders on Long Island, stretched their losing streak inside the Metro to 0-5-3.

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