Hot off of their 5-3 victory in Carolina last night, the Bruins head home to take on the New Jersey Devils. Prior to yesterday’s victory, the Devils and Bruins were tied for first place in the Eastern Conference. With the Bruins victory they have pulled ahead in the standings and once again lead with 9 points on the season, just three shy behind the league leading Chicago Blackhawks who remain undefeated in six games this season.
Tonight as the two face off against each other, it will be the first meeting of three for these two teams, the Bruins holding a series sweep against New Jersey last season outscoring them by a wide margin of 18-8. The Bruins and the Devils are the only two teams left in the Eastern Conference who have earned points in all of their games they have played this season. Unless tonight’s game goes into overtime or a shootout, there will only be one by eleven o’clock tonight.
The Devils are coming off of a 4-3 defeat to the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday evening, a slow start being their worst enemy as they had to play catch up the rest of the night. Despite being able to force overtime, the Devils found themselves on the penalty kill which helped Montreal seal the deal and give the Devils their first loss of the season.
The Bruins are coming off of a failry solid effort against the Hurricanes last night, their major blemish being two-goals scored in a span of 50 seconds at the tail end of the second frame. Aside from that, the Bruins were a strong and united front against Carolina and played the game the way they know how.
“I think we’re playing pretty good hockey,” Krejci said in an interview after the game with NHL Network. “We know it’s a short season so we want to get off to a good start, and we’ve done that, so we just have to keep it going.”
New Jersey forward Adam Henrique is still sidelined after undergoing thumb surgery and will not be available for the Devils in tonight’s game. For the Bruins Jordan Caron is on the injured reserve list, but defenseman Adam McQuaid is expected to be in the line up after missing last night due to personal reasons.
Teach Me How To Dougie:
Sure the line might be tired by now, but it’s still fun to write. The Bruins rookie is sticking in Boston per Claude Julien yesterday and why wouldn’t he!? In the past three games Dougie has been a key asset to the Boston defensive pairings, setting up the plays of the game. Last night his pass to David Krejci is what helped push the Bruins past the Hurricanes late in the third period. Being paired with the likes of Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and David Krejci, Dougie and the Bruins second line is an unstoppable force, one the New Jersey is going to have a hard time containing.