Game 5: New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins
Game Time: 7:00 PM
Radio: WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM
The New Jersey Devils (3-0-1) will face-off against the Boston Bruins (4-0-1) at TD Bank Garden in Boston. Last season’s performance against the Bruins is one the Devils and their fans would like to forget. The Devils went 0-3-1 against Boston, and were outscored 18-8. The Devils specifically struggled in the third period against the Bruins, being outscored 11-2 in the final frame across four games. The Devils are coming off their first loss of the season in Montreal and will look to get back on the winning track.
New Jersey Devils
The Devils erased a 2-goal lead twice against the Canadiens on Sunday, but still fell short in overtime. This was the first time the team had trailed all season, and their resiliency was promising to fans. While the Devils may not have been able to pull off the win, walking away with a point after a sub-par performance is encouraging. Following the loss, the Devils will make a few changes to their line-up, with the biggest change coming in between the pipes. Johan Hedberg will get the start over Martin Brodeur, as DeBoer looks to rest Marty in the shortened season. This will be the first time Hedberg has been in net for the Devils since Game 3 of the first round of the 2012 playoffs, and his first start since April 3, 2012. In addition to this, Mattias Tedenby has been sent back down to the minors, with the common speculation being that Bobby Butler will get the call up from Albany.
The Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday evening by a score of 5-3. The Bruins lone loss of the season came at the hands of the New York Rangers, losing 4-3 in overtime last Wednesday. Offensively, the Bruins have been very well-balanced so far, with 11 of their players contributing for their 16 goals this season. The 2013 season was originally looking to be an uncertainty for the Bruins goaltending, with Tim Thomas taking the season off for personal reasons, but Tuukka Rask (3-0-1, 1.96 GAA, 0.925 Sv%) has been more than consistent so far. Anton Khudobin got his first start of the season last night in Carolina, putting on a solid showing, stopping 29-of-32.
What to Watch For
One of the big stories that Devils fan will look for on Tuesday night is Stefan Matteau. This is the fifth game Matteau will play, and could be his last unless the higher-ups decide to keep him around. Matteau playing in 6 or more games will result in this season it will count as a year off his entry-level contract. Also look for the Devils to play much more aggressively than they have in previous games. DeBoer has made it a point to mention that the Devils need to work on how well they play in the first period. In addition to this, the Devils have been known to be a bit more aggressive with Hedberg in net in the past. While Hedberg played great last season (17-7-2, 2.23 GAA, 0.918 Sv%) it always seemed that not having “ol’ reliable” between the pipes served as a wake-up call for the Devils offense. But the Devils won’t bank on the Bruins getting off to a slow start due to playing last night. The Bruins are a high-quality team in the Eastern Conference this season, and will be a true measuring stick for Jersey’s Team to see where they rank. The Devils, and their fans, will definitely be looking for a more aggressive, coordinated start than what transpired in the opening period in Montreal and we’ll get our first look at how the Devils bounce back from their first defeat.
Posted on January 29, 2013, in Devils Army, Devils Army Generals, Game Preview, New Jersey Devils, NHL and tagged boston bruins, game preview, Johan Hedberg, Mattias Tedenby, New Jersey Devils, Stefan Matteau. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.