New Jersey Devils (34-34-4)
Boston Bruins (39-22-10)
Last 10 games:
New Jersey 7-3-0; Boston 4-3-3
Fresh off a dominating 3-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday the Devils head to Beantown for a showdown with the Boston Bruins.
This is the third meeting of the season between the 2 teams, but the first since Nov. 15 in Boston. The Bruins won the first 2 games outscoring the Devils 7-1. The Devils were a fragile team dealing with one of their worst starts in franchise history.
But that was then and this is now.
Tonight, New Jersey enters the game one of the NHL’s hottest teams. Playing the second game of a four game road trip the Devils continue to follow the same mantra, “One game at a time.”
Despite New Jersey’s stellar play ( 24-5-2 since Jan. 8th) in the second half they remain 7 points out of a playoff spot. They have zero room for error, every game is a must win and anything less then 2 points in a failure.
Boston leads the Northwest Division by just one point over the Montreal Canadians with 2 games in hand. Montreal faces the Buffalo Sabres tonight, the team the Devils are chasing for the last spot in the East.
Let the scoreboard watching begin.
Down to their final ten games the Devils are hoping that the line of David Clarkson, Mattias Tedenby and Jacob Josefson can stay hot. The line has accumulated 14 points in their last 5 games. Meanwhile Ilya Kovalchuk has just 1 point in that span.
Martin Brodeur will make his 12th consecutive start in goal for the Devils and Tim Thomas will go for the Bruins.
New Jersey: Zach Parise (knee), Bryce Salvador (concussion), Matthew Corrente (shoulder), Matt Taormina (foot)
Boston: Shane Hnidy (shoulder)