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Thursday, December 13th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (16-11-3) at Boston Bruins (17-10-3), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will try to get back on the winning track tonight, when they visit the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden.

The Devils had won nine in a row before dropping their last two games. The winning streak ended Sunday in New York against the Rangers and Jersey saw the slide increase to two games with Monday's loss in Washington.

Jeff Schultz's tally highlighted a two-goal second period and the Caps held on to defeat the Devils, 3-2, at the Verizon Center.

John Madden and David Clarkson each scored for the Devils. Kevin Weekes started in net in place of the resting Martin Brodeur and made 21 saves for New Jersey, which failed to get a point for the first time in 11 games.

The Devils are 8-7-3 as the visiting team this season and are closing out a three-game road trip tonight.

Meanwhile, the Bruins won their third straight game Wednesday night, as they downed the Thrashers in Atlanta. Rookie Milan Lucic netted the go-ahead goal with 3:47 remaining in regulation, and Boston skated to the 5-3 decision at Philips Arena.

Glen Murray tallied his 10th goal of the season and Alexander Auld made 23 saves for Boston.

The Bruins were minus top goaltender Tim Thomas, who is sidelined with a groin pull and backup Manny Fernandez, who is out with a knee injury and a herniated disc. That left the recently acquired Auld to fill in between the pipes. Auld, acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes on December 6, registered his third win in as many starts for the Bruins.

Tonight marks the opener of a five-game homestand for the Bruins, who are 7-3-1 in Beantown this year.

The Devils beat the visiting Bruins in overtime on December 5 to open the season series. New Jersey has won two in a row and seven of the last nine matchups with the Bruins.

12/13 13:24:34 ET


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