NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, October 29th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (6-4-0) at Boston Bruins (5-4-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will try to remain perfect on the road when they visit the Boston Bruins for tonight's Eastern Conference showdown at TD Garden.
New Jersey has a 5-0-0 record as the guest this year and can set a club record for the longest road winning streak to begin a season with another win tonight.
The Devils, however, have been a different team at home this year, going 1-4-0 in Newark so far. The most recent home setback came Wednesday against Buffalo as the Sabres ended New Jersey's three-game winning streak.
Ryan Miller made 31 saves to lead the Sabres to an easy 4-1 victory at Prudential Center. Buffalo skated to a 2-0 edge after one period and cruised to the win from there.
Andy Greene scored the lone goal for the Devils, who came into the game having won six of their previous seven outings. Martin Brodeur faced 27 shots and allowed all four goals.
"You learn from the way you play against top teams. That was a team that was highly confident and you can't just spot them two goals and think that you can come back," said Brodeur.
New Jersey was playing its first game since losing top defenseman Paul Martin to a broken left arm and forward Jay Pandolfo to a shoulder injury. Both are expected to miss four-to-six weeks.
The Devils are playing the first of two straight as the guest tonight and will also visit Tampa on Saturday.
While the Devils are trying to get back in the win column, the Bruins, last year's top seed in the East, will try to post consecutive victories for the first time this season. Boston is 5-4-1 on the year and has been alternating losses and wins since opening the 2009-10 campaign with a home setback against Washington.
Boston rebounded from last Thursday's shootout loss in Philadelphia by downing Ottawa in the same fashion on Saturday. Patrice Bergeron scored the game- winner in a shootout, as the Bruins rallied to edge the host Senators, 4-3, at Scotiabank Place.
Bergeron, the second shooter in the second round, made a move to the right before firing a wrister that trickled past Brian Elliott and past the goal line. Jason Spezza's backhander was stopped by Tim Thomas to secure the win for Boston.
Bergeron added an assist for the Bruins and Blake Wheeler, Mark Recchi, and David Krejci each lit the lamp for Boston. Thomas made 27 saves to go over .500 for the season at 4-3-0.
"We believe in this room that we're going to win hockey games no matter how long it takes. Everybody on the whole ice made plays," Bruins defenseman Derek Morris said of Saturday's win.
Boston is kicking off a two-game homestand tonight and will also welcome Edmonton on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins are just 3-3-0 as the host this year after going 29-6-6 at the Garden in 2008-09.
The Bruins and Devils split four meetings a year ago, but New Jersey has taken three of five and six of the last nine matchups between the clubs. The teams have also split the last four encounters in Beantown.
10/29 10:44:02 ET