NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, January 5th
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (23-14-3) at Boston Bruins (20-16-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils go for their sixth win in seven games
tonight, as they visit the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden.
New Jersey won its second straight game on Friday in the back end of
consecutive home games, blanking the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-0. Martin Brodeur
made 36 stops to record his 96th career shutout and fourth this season.
The future Hall-of-Famer is just seven shutouts shy of Terry Sawchuk's record
of 103, and counting the playoffs, Brodeur has an NHL record 118 shutouts.
Patrik Elias, returning to the lineup after missing two games with a groin
ailment, picked up a goal and an assist, while Paul Martin and Travis
Zajac scored for the Devils, who bested the Flyers for the 11th consecutive
time at home.
New Jersey will hit the road tonight and aim to improve on its 11-9-3 mark,
but will then return home to battle Buffalo on Tuesday.
Better goaltending has helped Boston win its last two games. After getting
outscored 25-12 over a six-game losing streak (0-5-1), the Bruins have netted
seven goals in two games while allowing just a pair of goals.
After making 28 saves in a win over Atlanta on Monday, Tim Thomas stopped all
31 shots faced in a 2-0 victory against Washington on Thursday for his first
shutout of the season. It was his fifth career shutout.
Marc Savard and Zdeno Chara scored the goals for Boston. Chara also had an
assist and Glen Metropolit added two assists for the Bruins, who have won five
in a row against Washington.
The Bruins' two wins have come in the first two tests of a five-game
homestand. Boston, which will also host Carolina and Montreal on the
residency, is 10-6-2 as the host this season.
New Jersey has won three in a row against the Bruins, including both matchups
so far this season. The Devils are 5-1 with a tie in their last seven trips to
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