Losers of seven straight games (4 post-regulation losses), the New Jersey Devils are set to face-off against the Boston Bruins tonight at 7:30 at the Prudential Center. Here’s a look at what to expect.
BOS: 25-9-4 (54 points, 4th in Eastern Conference); 11-7-2 on the road
NJ: 15-14-10 (40 points, 10th in the Eastern Conference); 10-7-2 at home
January 29 @BOS BOS 2 NJD 1
April 4 @ BOS BOS 1 NJD 0
BOS- Brad Marchand (16 goals 16 assists 32 points)
NJD- Patrik Elias (10 goals, 20 assists, 30 points)
BOS- Anton Khudobin (8-3-0, .929 save %, 2.07 goals against average)
-Boy are the Devils happy about this. Tuukka Rask made 40 saves in the last meeting between the two teams.
NJD- Martin Brodeur (10-5-7, .908 save %, 2.18 goals against average)
Coach DeBoer announced the following line-up changes for tonight’s game:
-Henrik Tallinder will play for Adam Larsson
-Matt D’Agostini and Alexei Ponikarovsky will be back in the line-up
-Tom Kostopoulos and Jacob Josefson will sit tonight.
Around the League:
The only other game being played in the NHL tonight with playoff implications for the Devils is the tilt at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers host the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00, and the Devils would love a Maple Leaf regulation victory. I am counting Toronto in the playoffs. Most important is a win for them though.
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Be sure to tune in to the NBC Sports Network at 7:30 for tonight’s action. If the Devils are serious about making the playoffs, they need two points tonight.