Game Preview – Game 46: Your New Jersey Devils vs Boston Bruins

New Jersey Devils vs Boston Bruins

New Jersey Devils (26-17-2, 54 points) vs Boston Bruins (29-13-1, 59 points)
7:00 PM EST
TV: MSG+
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

Tonight the Devils will face the Boston Bruins in their third meeting of the season. In the previous two match-ups, the Bruins outscored the Devils 10-4. New Jersey is coming into this game with a record of 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, including an outstanding 60 minute performance Tuesday night, defeating the Jets 5-1, at The Rock. The Bruins have cooled down a little bit, with a 6-4 record in their last 10 games, losing Tuesday, 5-3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Consistency is the Key:

While playing a complete game on Tuesday, the Devils need to continue to strive for consistency. Wins and losses are going to happen in the course of an 82 game season, but a solid 60 minute game doesn’t occur as often as you’d like for this team. Over the last 10 games however, the Devils seem to be getting into a groove, and playing more as a team.

Speaking of being consistent, Ilya Kovalchuk has been just that for the Devils, scoring 7 times in his last 6 games, including two short-handed and two game winners. He has now taken over the team lead with 19 goals, and needs to continue his recent trend to keep the team rolling.

Devils Stat Leaders:

Points – Patrik Elias, 44
Goals – Ilya Kovalchuk, 19
Assists – Patrik Elias, 27

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise (C) – Henrique – Kovalchuk (A)
Sykora – Elias (A) – Zubrus
Josefson – Carter – Clarkson
Janssen – Mills – Zalewski

Salvador – Larsson
Volchenkov – Foster
Tallinder – Fayne

Brodeur
Hedberg

*Scratches – Boulton, Taormina, Tedenby

The Latest on the Boston Bruins:
Despite a few recent set backs, the Bruins remain one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference. They could get even hotter tonight, as Brad Marchand returns to the line-up after a 5 game suspension, to take his familiar spot beside Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron. This is a team the Devils need to be prepared for, because when the Bruins are rolling, they can dominate a game from start to finish.

Bruins Stats Leaders:

Points – Tyler Seguin, 40
Goals – Tyler Seguin, 17
Assists – Patrice Bergeron, 25

Projected Bruins Lineup:

Lucic – Krejci – Horton
Marchand – Bergeron – Seguin
Pouliot – Kelly – Peverley
Paille – Campbell – Thornton

Chara – Boychuk
Seidenberg – Corvo
Ference – McQuaid

Thomas
Rask

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Posted on January 19, 2012, in Devils Army, Devils Army Generals, Game Preview, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Devils Fans, NHL, The Rock and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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