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B's have a date with the Devils

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The Bruins are in The Brick City tonight to take on the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. The B's will look to end a two game skid (0-1-1) after losing to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. The Devils enter tonight's game looking for their third straight win after beating both their New York area rivals this week. The last time these two teams met was back on January 29th when the Bruins fell to the Devils 4-3 in overtime.

Just who are these Devils you speak of?
New Jersey Devils 35-17-3; 73 pts (1st in Atlantic, 2nd in East)

Leading Goal Scorers


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Zach Parise 34 33 67 23 22


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Patrik Elias 22 40 62 16 26


Goaltending


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Scott Clemmensen 36 2117 23 11 1 5 81 2.30 1009 928 .920 1


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Kevin Weekes 12 632 6 4 0 0 25 2.37 313 288 .920 0

Guys Who Like to Drop the Gloves
David Clarkson: 13 Fighting Majors
Michael Rupp: 13 Fighting Majors

'08-'09 Season Series
Bruins Record vs. New Jersey: 1-0-1
12/23 @ NJ 2-0 W
1/29 vs. NJ 4-3 OT L

Injury Report

Boston
LW Marco Sturm: IR (Knee)
F Petteri Nokelainen: Out (Eye)
RW Chuck Kobasew: Out (Leg & Upper Body)
RW Michael Ryder: Out (Facial Fractures)

New Jersey
G Martin Brodeur: IR (Torn Tendon in Elbow)

Notes:

- Tim Thomas was the first goalie off the ice for the B's and will likely get the start in goal.

- Claude Julien tinkered with the power play units the other day in practice in response to the Bruins recent woes with the man advantage. In practice, Patrice Bergeron was taken off the point of the first unit and put down low on the second unit. Stephane Yelle will likely see some power play time as well. The first unit now consists of Savard, Kessel, and Yelle with Ward and Chara as the pointmen. The second unit will have Bergeron, Krejci, and Lucic with Ference and Wideman at the points.

- Here are what the lines looked like the other day in practice:

Milan Lucic
Marc Savard
Phil Kessel
Vladimir Sobotka
David Krejci
Blake Wheeler
P.J. Axelsson
Patrice Bergeron
Martins Karsums
Shawn Thornton
Stephane Yelle
Byron Bitz
Zdeno Chara
Aaron Ward
Andrew Ference
Dennis Wideman
Mark Stuart
Shane Hnidy/Matt Hunwick
Tim Thomas
Manny Fernandez

- The B's will need to take care of the puck in their own end against the Devils agressive forecheck and trap game.

- The Star Ledger is reporting that Jay Pandolfo will be a healthy scratch tonight and Scott Clemmensen will get the start in goal tonight of the Devils.

- For more on the Devils, check out In Lou We Trust

- Open Thread starts at 6:00, game starts at 7:00

Usually, I try to find an embarrassing YouTube video of the opposing team's fans and rip on them, but today I decided I would be nice. I mean, isn't living in New Jersey punishment enough? Instead, I found a funny "This is SportsCenter" spot featuring the New Jersey Devils mascot.