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Game Preview: New Jersey Devils (16-13-4) at Boston Bruins (18-9-4)

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Patriots game over? Christmas shopping done? Too scared to leave the couch? Do we have a hockey game for you!

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At your normal bizarre weekend time of 5 PM, the visiting Devils squad will look to cool off our piping-hot home town team at TD Garden!

Just the facts:

When: 5 PM

Where: TD Garden

How to watch: NESN, MSG+

How to listen: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NHL Radio

Rival SBN Site: All About The Jersey

Game notes:

The Devils are on a road back-to-back, having just dropped a 2-1 decision to the struggling Anaheim Ducks yesterday. The appearance of Keith Kinkaid in that game means that Cory Schneider is almost certain to get the start against the superior competition (you know, the Bruins!) today. The Devils' relative success on the year--4th in the Metro, one point ahead of Tampa for 9th in the East--is owed heavily to Schneider's .924 SV% on the season, as the difference are still a thoroughly mediocre puck-possession squad despite incremental improvements elsewhere.

Offensively the Devils have been led by Mike Cammalleri's 32 points, with Kyle Palmieri and Adam Henrique tied for the team lead in goals at 13. Lee Stempniak has chipped in 25 points. Beyond those four players, no one on the team has more than Travis Zajac's 15 points and only Zajac and 21-year-old DMan Damon Severson are in double digits. For contrast, the Bruins have 11 players in double-digit points this season, led by Patrice Bergeron's 32. You may have already heard this from other SCoC sources, but Brad Marchand has 15 goals on the season, leading the Bruins in that particular category. Hashtag elite.

Tuukka Rask is likely to get the start in goal for the Bruins, but nothing's been confirmed as of preview-publishing-time.

Never forget:

...to finish your holiday shopping before the game!