After losing 3-1 to the New York Islanders on Monday night, the New Jersey Devils are set to take on the Boston Bruins tonight at 7:00 at the TD Garden. Here’s a look at what to expect tonight.
The Bruins have been a solid squad all season and have earned at least one point in 27 of their 35 contests. They are second in the Northeast Division behind the Montreal Canadiens, but a win tonight could put them one point ahead of the Habs. Home ice has been excellent for the Bruins this year, and they are hoping to get as many playoff home games as possible. They are 12-2-2 at home this season and eight of their final 13 games are at TD Garden. So who has the led way?
Patrice Bergeron leads all scorers with 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists), but suffered a concussion on Tuesday night and his return to the lineup is questionable. Tuesday’s injury was Bergeron’s fourth concussion of his career. Players like David Krejci (9 goals, 21 assists) and Brad Marchand (14 goals, 15 assists) will have to play an even larger role. Zdeno Chara leads Bruin defensemen with six goals and nine assists. Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin have emerged as one of the best goaltending tandems in the league this year. Rask is 15-5-4 with a 2.02 goals against average, and Khudobin is 8-3-0 with a 2.07 goals against average. Look for Jaromir Jagr, Wade Redden, and Rob Flick also. All three players were acquired in trade deadline deals.
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The Devils need a win tonight. It’s plain and simple! It won’t be an easy task against the Bruins, especially since the Devils are on the road. Away from the Rock this year, the Devils are 5-6-7. So who needs to contribute tonight?
Let’s spotlight newcomer Steve Sullivan and Adam Henrique. Sullivan, acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes yesterday for a 2014 seventh round draft pick, has scored five goals and has collected seven assists over 33 games this season. However, in his last ten games he has not registered a point and has -4 rating. Sullivan started his career in New Jersey before the Prudential Center existed, and the Devils hope that he can be a contributor down the stretch. Henrique has been in a slump of his own recently. In his last nine games, the Brantford, Ontario native has only scored one goal. On the season, he has netted 10 goals and has collected four assists. Henrique’s production needs to increase if the Devils want to make a serious playoff push. We’ll see what happens.
The Devils (15-12-9) look to add two points tonight to remain in playoff position, while the Bruins (23-8-4) hope to pass the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Northeast Division.
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Every point matters and it starts tonight. Tune in to the MSG Networks and the NHL Network for game action starting at 7:00 tonight.