NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, October 26th
(All times Eastern)
New Jersey Devils (1-5-4) at Boston Bruins (7-2-0), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins take aim at an eighth straight victory
over the struggling New Jersey Devils on Saturday night when the two clubs
clash at TD Bank Garden.
The Bruins have not suffered a loss to the Devils since a 3-2 setback in New
Jersey on April 10. 2011, winning seven straight and 11 of the previous 12
encounters overall. They have also won six in a row at home in this series
following New Jersey's last victory in Boston on Nov. 27, 2009.
This matchup would seem to be tilted towards the Bruins tonight. Not only are
the Bruins 7-2-0 on the season compared to the Devils' mark of 1-5-4, but
Boston is coming off a 2-1 win over San Jose on Thursday that was the Sharks'
first in regulation this season.
David Krejci put home a clutch goal with just 0.8 seconds left in regulation,
scoring off the rebound of a shot by Adam McQuaid.
"It was a lucky goal," said Krejci. "I tried to get a stick on it and it
worked this time."
Jarome Iginla scored his first goal of the season, off an assist from Krejci,
while Tuukka Rask stopped 38 shots in the Bruins' fourth straight victory.
Boston played without forward Loui Eriksson, who is out indefinitely due to a
concussion suffered on a hit to the head versus Buffalo on Wednesday, and was
outshot 39-17 in the game.
Rask should get the call tonight and is 3-1-2 with a 1.01 goals against
average and two shutouts in seven career meetings with the Devils, including
The Devils have lost two straight since winning their only game of the season
on Oct. 19 versus the New York Rangers. New Jersey is coming off Thursday's
3-2 shootout setback to the Vancouver Canucks.
Facing his former team for the second time this season, Cory Schneider yielded
a pair of goals on 21 shots and also allowed the only tally of the shootout.
"No disrespect to Vancouver but I thought I kind of gave them two goals
there," Schneider said. "It's my fault we lost the point tonight."
Patrik Elias, who had missed the previous two games with flu-like symptoms,
scored and Eric Gelinas added his first career goal. The rookie defenseman was
in the lineup to replace captain Bryce Salvador, who returned home to Alberta
following a death in the family.
New Jersey, which is 0-5-2 on the road, is expected to go with Martin Brodeur
in net tonight. However, the future Hall of Famer has not beaten the Bruins
since March, 2010 and is 0-7-2 in the last nine encounters with a 3.31 GAA.
10/26 10:31:21 ET