After a hard-fought 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes down in Raleigh last night, the Boston Bruins turned around, went right back up to Boston and are preparing to welcome the New Jersey Devils tonight at 7 p.m. on NESN.
Both teams have a winning record in their first few games: Boston has a 4-0-1 and New Jersey a 3-0-1. Both teams are pretty good at killing penalties, though the Bruins are the best in the league in that metric right now while the Devils are tied with the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets at an 87-percent kill rate. Both teams aren’t so great on the power play right now: the Devils are at 15.8 percent and the Bruins are at 14.3 percent, having improved that measure via Brad Marchand‘s power play goal last night.
The Bruins have a pretty good recent record against New Jersey. In their last 10 meetings, Boston has won nine. David Krejci looks like a pretty potent Devils opponent: he’s put up a hat trick, plus another goal and two assists in just their last three meetings. He scored last night and could be looking to do it again.
Boston’s potency against New Jersey also takes another form in being a blemish on Martin Brodeur‘s record. He’s 0-5-2 in his last seven games against the Bruins with a ghastly 3.38 goals-against average in that span. After getting the night off, Tuukka Rask will probably be in tonight, which should maybe assuage the nerves of those Bruins fans calling for Anton Khudobin‘s head after second period last night.
In the defense department, Adam McQuaid is available to play tonight and coach Claude Julien (who joked that he is not as interesting as former coach Don Cherry) will decide later if he will play. He missed last night because his grandmother passed away and he needed to spend time with the family.
Jordan Caron has also been seen at practice, working with the team’s strength and conditioning coach. Jay Pandolfo and Lane MacDermid are at today’s practice, too.