NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, December 5th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (14-9-2) at New Jersey Devils (14-10-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The sizzling New Jersey Devils will shoot for their eighth
consecutive victory tonight, when they welcome the Boston Bruins to the
The winning streak is the longest for the Devils since they closed out the
2005-06 regular season with 11 straight victories.
New Jersey began this stretch by going 4-0 on a four-game road trip and has
now won the first three tests of a five-game homestand. The Devils, who are
6-4-0 so far in their new building, will wrap up the current residency Friday
night against Washington.
The Devils notched their latest win in dramatic fashion, as they bested
Atlanta in a shootout on Sunday. Brian Gionta scored the lone goal of the
shootout as New Jersey clipped the visiting Thrashers, 3-2.
Gionta, shooting second for the Devils, lifted a backhander under the crossbar
and beyond the diving Johan Hedberg. Martin Brodeur, who foiled Slava Kozlov
and Marian Hossa on successive tries, sealed the win by out-waiting Ilya
Kovalchuk, grabbing his weak flip from the left side with his glove.
Sergei Brylin and John Madden tallied for the Devils, while Brodeur made 23
stops to register his 12th win of the season.
The Bruins have been playing solid hockey in recent weeks, winning three of
four and seven of their last 10 games.
Boston last played on Monday night and earned a rare road win against the New
York Islanders. Tim Thomas turned aside 33 shots as the Bruins beat the Isles,
3-1, ending their 10-game winless streak at Nassau Coliseum.
Glen Murray, Petteri Nokelainen and Chuck Kobasew all tallied for Boston,
which won on Long Island for the first time since a 4-2 victory on December
Marc Savard notched an assist in the win to post his points streak to 10
games, the longest current stretch in the NHL. He has two goals and 15 assists
during the run and is leading Boston with 31 points (5g, 26a) this season.
Tonight marks the finale of a season-high six-game road trip for the Bruins,
who are 3-2 so far on the swing. Boston has a 7-7-1 record as the visiting
team this season.
New Jersey has won six of the last eight meetings with the Bruins and Boston
has dropped three of its previous four tests in the Garden State. However,
this will be the first time the Bruins play the Devils at the Prudential
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