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Saturday, October 29th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (5-5-0) at Boston Bruins (5-5-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins try to make it two straight wins this evening when they conclude a brief two-game homestand against the New Jersey Devils at TD Banknorth Garden.

On Thursday, rookie Hannu Toivonen made a career-high 36 saves as the Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1, at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Toivonen started in place of the injured Andrew Raycroft, who will miss at least a week with a strained hamstring. Raycroft suffered the injury during Wednesday night's 4-3 overtime loss to Carolina.

Sergei Samsonov scored the game-winner early in the third period and Jiri Slegr tallied his first goal of the season in the Boston victory. Joe Thornton picked up an assist as well

Samsonov now has a point in five of his last six games.

Boston, which has won just two of its last seven overall, is 2-2-0 in its arena this season.

New Jersey comes into tonight's contest on a winning note after a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. Sergei Brylin scored the go-ahead power-play goal with 5:23 left in the third period to lift the Devils to victory.

Goaltender Martin Brodeur missed the contest due to a sprained right knee. It's the first time he's been absent from a game because of injury since November 4, 2000. Brodeur, who suffered the injury in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to visiting Tampa Bay, is also expected to miss tonight's game.

Scott Clemmensen started in Brodeur's place and had 25 saves, as the Devils snapped a two-game slide.

New Jersey, which will return home for two games following tonight's tilt, is 1-3-0 away from home this season.

The Bruins, who were 2-1-1 against the Devils in 2003-04, are 3-1-2 in the last six meetings. New Jersey, though, is unbeaten in its last two in Boston (1-0-1) and is 7-4-4 in its last 15 visits to Beantown.

Fifteen of the last 19 meetings have been decided by one goal or less.

10/29 10:16:10 ET


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