NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, January 29th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (30-15-3) at Boston Bruins (35-8-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will shoot for a seventh consecutive victory when they visit the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins for tonight's meeting at TD Banknorth Garden.
The six-game winning streak is a season high for the Devils, who are in the midst of their longest hot stretch since taking nine straight from November 17 to December 7 of last season.
The Devils are also first in the Atlantic Division with 63 points on the year. The New York Rangers are just one back with 62 points.
New Jersey won the first five games of the streak prior to the All-Star break and came back from the hiatus with a strong showing Tuesday night in Ottawa. Jamie Langenbrunner scored two goals as the Devils picked up right where they left off to notch a 4-1 decision over the Senators at Scotiabank Place.
Patrik Elias and Brendan Shanahan also scored for the Devils. For Shanahan, it was his second goal in three games since signing a one-year deal with New Jersey earlier this month.
Scott Clemmensen made 21 saves to reach the 20-win plateau for the first time in his career. Clemmensen has been terrific in the absence of the injured Martin Brodeur and is 20-9-1 on the season.
The Devils, who are completing a brief two-game road trip tonight, have a solid 16-7-2 record as the guest this season. Jersey has won five straight and six of their last seven road tests.
The Bruins also won their first game after the break, as they edged visiting Washington in overtime on Tuesday. Boston, which leads the Northeast Division and the East with 75 points, has won two in a row and has gone past regulation in each of its last three games (2-0-1).
David Krejci's power-play score 1:55 into overtime sent Boston to a 3-2 decision over the Capitals. On a 4-on-3 advantage, Krejci held the puck at the top of the left circle and attempted to dish to Marc Savard waiting on the opposite side. However, the pass was redirected off a Capital defender's leg, changed direction and slid into the net.
Shawn Thornton and Savard also tallied for the Bruins, who have won four of their last six outings. Tim Thomas stopped 34 shots to improve his record to 21-5-4.
Savard, who was selected as an All-Star reserve this year, has recorded a point in five straight games, recording three goals and two assists over that stretch. He is leading Boston in both assists (40) and points (57) this season.
Boston forward Patrice Bergeron played his first game in over a month on Tuesday and recorded an assist. Bergeron had last played on December 20 when he suffered a concussion against Carolina.
The Bruins have an impressive 18-3-2 record as the host this season and have won four of their last five tilts on home ice. This evening's test marks the middle segment of a three-game homestand that will end Saturday against the Rangers.
Boston beat the Devils, 2-0, in Newark on December 23 -- the only meeting between the clubs so far this year. New Jersey has still taken four of six in the series overall, but has dropped two of three in Boston.
01/29 11:07:50 ET