March 1, 2011; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) stick handles between Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) and defenseman wing Andrew Ference (21) during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Devils - Bruins: What To Watch For

The New Jersey Devils (3-0-1) will look to start a new winning streak tonight, as they travel to take on the Boston Bruins (4-0-1). After Sunday night’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens, the Devils will be primed to take on one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference so far. The Bruins are coming off a win over the Carolina Hurricanes, 6-3, on Monday and a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday. The puck drops at 7 p.m. at TD Garden.  Here’s the game preview:

Moose Crossing: After sitting the first three games of the season, goalie Johan Hedberg will get the start for the Devils tonight. It’s Hedberg’s first action since the second half of game three of the Devils opening round playoff series against the Florida Panthers last spring. As one of Martin Brodeur‘s most capable back-ups, Hedberg opted to re-sign with New Jersey this offseason, saying that it was an organization that he wanted to stay with.

The 30-Year-Old-Rookie: Right winger Matt Anderson was recalled from Albany and will play on the Devils’ fourth line tonight, making his NHL debut at 30 years old. Anderson, a Long Island native, will have his parents in attendance in Boston, as he is replacing forward Mattias Tedenby, who was sent back down to Albany on Monday.

Final Game For Matteau?: In all likeliness, this will be the final game for Devils’ rookie Stefan Matteau. New Jersey had the option to let him play the first five games without it counting as a year toward his contract, and that appears to be the path it has taken. Matteau said he’s not thinking about that tonight, as he’ll again skate along the Devils’ top line with Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac.

Beasts of the East: The Devils and Bruins are the only two teams in the Eastern Conference without a regulation loss, and both teams will look to change that tonight. It’s too early to tell anything, but this could be a preview of the Eastern Conference final down the road. Either way, New Jersey and Boston will look to keep their regulation-loss numbers at zero in this big-time battle in New England.

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