NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, December 14th
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (17-10-2) at Boston Bruins (14-12-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils try to rebound tonight when they
visit the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden.
The Devils had a five-game winning streak end with Tuesday's 3-2 loss to
visiting Buffalo. Ryan Miller made 31 saves to anchor the Sabres.
Martin Brodeur allowed three goals on 24 shots for the Devils, who fell behind
by a 3-0 margin and could never catch up. Erik Rasmussen and Brian Gionta
tallied late goals in the third period for New Jersey.
With 36 points, the Devils are two behind the first-place New York Rangers in
the Atlantic Division.
New Jersey, which is just 6-8-1 on the road, will host Detroit on Saturday.
Boston, meanwhile, has lost its last two games, including Tuesday's 4-3
decision in Montreal. Sergei Samsonov's two goals lifted the Canadiens.
Marc Savard scored twice and had an assist in defeat, while Jason York picked
up the other goal for the Bruins, who have lost three of their last five games
overall. Hannu Toivonen stopped 36 shots in the loss.
The Bruins were without rookie forward Phil Kessel, who is sidelined
indefinitely after undergoing cancer-related surgery. Kessel, the fifth-
overall pick in this past summer's draft, has five goals and four assists in
27 games this season.
Boston, which is 8-6-1 on home ice, will host Florida on Saturday.
The Devils pounded the Bruins, 5-1, on December 9 in Beantown and have won
five straight meetings in the series. Jersey is also 4-0-1 (one tie) in its
last five trips to Boston.
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