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Bruins vs. Devils Preview: Make it 10?

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The Bruins have a chance to match the longest win streak in the NHL this year - and also their own win streak from November 2011.

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Just the Facts:

Game Time: 7:00PM, Prudential Center. TV Broadcast: NESN. Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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Records: Bruins 46-17-5 (97 pts) (undefeated in the Andrej Meszaros era) vs. Devils 29-26-13 (71 pts)

Devils Lines:

Jaromir Jagr - Travis Zajac - Tuomo Ruutu
Michael Ryder - Dainus Zubrus - Adam Henrique
Ryane Clowe - Damien Brunner - Patrik Elias
Steve Bernier - Stephen Gionta - Jacob Josefson
Andy Greene - Mark Fayne
Marek Zidlicky - Jon Merril
Bryce Salvador - Anton Volchenkov
Martin Brodeur
Cory Schneider

Bruins Lines:

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg - Chris Kelly - Loui Eriksson
Shawn Thornton - Gregory Campbell - Daniel Paille
Zdeno Chara - Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski - Andrej Meszaros
Torey Krug - Kevan Miller
Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Game Notes:

  • Let's just assume the Bruins are going to give Johnny Boychuk a bit more time to recover, because really that just seems like a smart thing to do at this point in the season.
  • Considering Rask's record on the second half of back-to-backs, do you start him tonight and try to just completely assert dominance over the Devils, or do you roll with Ocho to spell Tuukka, since there are a load of back-to-backs this month? No morning skate today, so it's anyone's guess until Julien addresses the media later.
  • How about the Jagr for New Jersey - he's their leading points-getter. Also yes yes +/- isn't a great stat, but isn't it a bit telling that the Devils only have three players in the positive that have been there all season (Ruutu is a +1, but only after coming from Carolina) - and Jagr's the only one higher than a +2? (he's +15, by the way.) He's also incredibly good at photobombing.