The Boston Bruins are looking for their third straight victory and second of the season as they take on the New Jersey Devils tonight. They will be doing so without center-man Patrice Bergeron who sustained a mild concussion in Tuesday night’s meeting against the Ottawa Senators, but will have the help from newcomer Jaromir Jagr.
Jagr is expected to make his debut donning the black and gold #68 sweater tonight as the B’s look to contain the Devils and take a 2-0 advantage in the series. The last meeting between the Devils and Bruins was sent to a shootout on January 29, a close call for the Bruins as the final score reflected a slim 2-1 victory.
The Devils have lost their past four games in a row and look for redemption as they take the ice at the Garden, the latest loss being against the New York Islanders where they fell 3-1. In the absence of Ilya Kovalchuk, the team has struggled, their bright light coming from Patrik Elias who has 10 goals and 20 assists for the club, pacing the team.
With Anton Khudobin getting the previous two starts in net, it is to be assumed that Tuukka will take his rightful spot between the pipes against the Devils in hopes of regrouping his focus and performing 110%. He ranks among the top goaltenders in the league and is expected to face experienced goaltender Martin Brodeur. Brodeur currently sports a 2.27 goals against average and .905 save percentage.
The Devils game plan is to frustrate the newest addition and frazzle him. As Elias put it:
“We frustrated him pretty well when he played in Philly, we’re going to do the same thing tomorrow.”(via Devils.com)
On the Brighter Side..
With media availability from GM Peter Chiarelli yesterday, he gave an update on injured Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly. While he couldn’t give specific dates as to when we could expect wither player, he did state that he is “satisfied with his prospective return date, and he’ll be playing for us soon.” He also stated that Bergeron had been up walking around and remained in good spirits despite being emotional after the incident against the Senators.
Nathan Horton comes into tonight’s game with four goals in as many games, the hottest streak on the Bruins roster at the moment aside from the newest acquisition. Jaromir Jagr, making his debut tonight, joins the Bruins squad with 14 goals and 12 assists, good enough to pace the entire team alongside Brad Marchand. He enters tonight on a hot streak with 8 points in his previous 5 games and looks to keep it alive donning a new jersey.
Face off is at 7PM tonight and can be seen on New England Sports Network.