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Preview: A Sunday dance with the Devils

Is it me, or have the Bruins played more Sunday games than usual this year?

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Just the facts

When: Tonight, 7 PM

Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ

How to follow: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: All About the Jersey

Know your enemy

(All stats are as of Saturday afternoon. The Devils played last night.)

The Devils are 27-18-8, good for 62 points. They’re currently in third place in the tight Metropolitan Division, a point ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers.

  • Taylor Hall: 20G-34A-54PTS; Jesper Bratt: 12G-19A-31PTS; Nico Hischier: 9G-22A-31PTS
  • Cory Schneider: 17-11-6, 2.79 GAA, 0.913 save percentage

Game notes

  • Aside from the game against Anaheim that ended their streak, the Bruins’ last game against the Devils was one of their worst of that run. The Devils were all over them in the first period, and really only lost the game because of dumb penalties. They were also without Taylor Hall, and had Cory Schneider suffer an injury during the game. The Bruins will need a better effort tonight.
  • Taylor Hall is very good. Remember when Peter Chiarelli traded him for Adam Larsson? Me too.
  • The Devils were flying to start the season, but have come back to Earth a bit in recent weeks. They’re currently hanging out in the “potential Wild Card” area of the standings. It’s pretty clear at this point that both Eastern Conference Wild Card teams are going to come from the Metro. The Devils are just seven points behind Washington for 1st in the division, but they’re also just three points clear of Carolina to miss the playoffs altogether.
  • Anton Khudobin will get the start for the Bruins tonight. He was great in his last appearance on Wednesday night, and will likely have less room for error than he had in that game. Five-goal cushions don’t come often.
  • It will be interesting to see if anyone comes calling for Brad Marchand. In the last game these two teams played, Marchand elbowed Marcus Johansson in the head and was suspended for five games. Johansson hasn’t played since. He traveled with the Devils yesterday, but didn’t play.

Never forget

There really aren’t many Bruins-Devils highlights.