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Preview: Beleaguered Bruins set for battle with Devils

With the lineup looking thin, the Black and Gold will have to dig deeper than the pits of hell to pull a point out.

NHL: Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Just the facts

When: Today, 7:30 PM

Where: Prudential Center — Newark, NJ

How to follow: TNT (TV), max (streaming), 98.5 FM

Opposing perspective: All About The Jersey

Know your enemy

  • 14-11-1, 29PTS, 5th in Metropolitan Division
  • Jack Hughes: 10G-23A-33PTS; Jesper Bratt: 12G-20A-32PTS; Tyler Tofolli: 12G-9A-21PTS
  • Akira Schmid: 4-6-1, 3.03 GAA, .901 save percentage; Vitek Vanacek: 10-5-0, 3.49 GAA, .879 save percentage

Game notes

  • The Boston Bruins are headed into tonight’s bout where they looked stronger in a 5-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes and hope to generate some momentum.
  • That being said, the B’s aren’t without injuries: Pavel Zacha left Monday night’s game and will not appear in New Jersey, and neither will Charlie McAvoy, who is still day-to-day after taking a high hit in the game against the Buffalo Sabres. Both are technically on a game-to-game decision basis according to Coach Monty.
  • My guess? We see Jeremy Swayman in net in the Garden State.
  • After a seeming lack of adversity last season, there’s a lot to go around this season, and with that, some lineup changes. Morgan Geekie centered Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak at practice, an interesting sign of how they feel about Matthew Poitras’ development so far. It’s hard to be a 19-year-old in the NHL!
  • Jesper Boqvist was called up to fill the open forward spot on the roster, but to be determined if he actually plays.
  • This is the first and only time the Bruins will take on the Devils this season in New Jersey, with their next meetings scheduled for December 30th and January 15th back in Beantown.