The Bruins will continue to make their way through the gauntlet of the top teams in Eastern Conference tonight when they host the New Jersey Devils at the TD Banknorth Garden. The B's and Devils have met once this season: a hard fought 2-0 victory for the Bruins on December 23rd in Newark that saw Tim Thomas record his thrid shutout of the season. The Bruins enter tonight's game with two straight wins after downing the Washington Capitals 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday, while the Devils are currently riding a season-high 6 game winning streak.
Just who are these Devils you speak of?
New Jersey Devils 30-15-3; 63 pts (1st in Atlantic, 3rd in East)
Leading Goal Scorers
2008 - Zach Parise
2008 - Patrik Elias
2008 - Scott Clemmensen
2008 - Kevin Weekes
Guys Who Like to Drop the Gloves
David Clarkson: 12 Fighting Majors
Michael Rupp: 11 Fighting Majors
'08-'09 Season Series
Bruins Record vs. New Jersey: 1-0-0
12/23 @ NJ 2-0 W
LW Marco Sturm: IR (Knee)
G Manny Fernandez: Out ("General Soreness" read: back pain)
F Petteri Nokelainen: Game Time Decision (Undisclosed)
G Martin Brodeur: IR (Torn Tendon in Elbow)
- Phil Kessel has been cleared to play and will return to the lineup tonight.
- Tim Thomas will get the start tonight.
- Michael Ryder is also expected to play after missing Tuesday's game due to illness.
- I don't think many people thought that the New Jersey Devils would be this good after Martin Brodeur went down with an injury, but Scott Clemmensen and Kevin Weekes have stepped up and been solid for the Devils between the pipes.
- The Devils might have the most educated team in the league. The Devils have at least 10 players who played college hockey: Brian Gionta (Boston College), John Madden (Michigan), Jay Pandolfo (Boston University), Zach Parise (North Dakota), Travis Zajac (North Dakota), Andy Greene (Miami University), Jay Leach (Providence College), Paul Martin (Minnesota), Mike Mottau (Boston College), and Scott Clemmensen (Boston College).
- Former BU Terrier and Winchester, MA native, Jay Pandolfo will likely be a healthy scratch tonight for the Devils. This will be the fourth straight game that Pandolfo has watched from the press box after being bumped from the lineup with the addition of Brendan Shanahan.
- I would expected another low scoring game between these two teams. Both teams are in the top 5 in the league in goals against. The Bruins give up a league-best 2.15 goals per game, while the Devils are 5th in the NHL in the category with a GAA of 2.44.
- For more on the Devils from the Garden State, check out In Lou We Trust
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