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Game 16: Devils Visit Defending Champs

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The Last 10 Games: Boston is 6-4-0 while NJ is 5-5-0

Know Your Enemy: Days of Yorr (one of the best blogs in the Bloguin family!!)

What We Think of the Bruins: I wasn’t really paying much attention to the Bruins early on in the season but a few weeks ago I glanced at the standings and to my surprise, the defending cup champs were dead last in the Eastern Conference. Talk about a cup hangover!! But things have changed and Julien shuffled some lines and by doing so, woke up his team.They’ve been surging recently and are playing the kind of hockey I was expecting the Bruins to be playing this season.

What To Expect Tonight: Sounds like Kovy might skate in the pre-game warm up but it sounds like he won’t be playing tonight. There’s a lot of confusion among the reporters who follow the Devils around as to what is going on with him so I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens tonight.

The Bruins are hot right now and the Devils, we’ll they haven’t been playing poorly either. The Devils have shown that they are a team that doesn’t give up when the opposition finds twine first. A year ago, I would be saying that’s all the Bruins need to do to win but DeBoer must be preaching something in the locker room because the Devils have had an ability to battle back and win games this season after getting down early. The Bruins might get on the board first because they are playing outstanding hockey at the moment, especially the Sequin/Marchant/Bergeron line. The one thing the Devils have to minimize tonight is the Bruins ability to find the back of the net quickly after scoring the initial goal. That’s been their thing recently and it really has proven to take their opponents out of the game.

Boston is great at blocking shots so the Devils can’t be picky tonight. If the puck ends up on your stick and you can see the goal, just rip it. Eventually something is going to get through and the more you throw at the net, the more chance of something sticking. Don’t be undisciplined because the Bruins PP unit has been playing above average over their 5 game winning streak.”

Like the other night in Washington, the Devils have a pretty big task waiting for them tonight. The Bruins proved last Spring how difficult winning in Boston can be for the opposition and while the beginning of the season was slow for the Bruins, I think they are starting to remember that.

Players To Watch:

Adam-HenriqueAdam Henrique: While he had a quiet weekend in the home and home series against the Washington Capitals, he’s still one of the better Devils over the last 5 games. He has 4 goals and 1 assist in those 5 games including 2 straight games where the GWG came from his stick. Even though he was held scoreless against the Caps, he had 28 shifts on Friday night and 29 shifts on Saturday and averaged close to 20 mins of ice time in the two games. Not bad for a rookie.

Tyler Sequin: He leads the Boston Bruins in Goals (11) and Points (20) and is second on their list when it comes to assists. What does this mean? He’s having a pretty good start to the season and the Devils defense will have to do their best to keep this guy quiet. The Bruins have started slow this season but are starting to come alive and I have to believe that the play of Sequin is one of the reasons why.

Probable Line Combinations

Zach Parise – Adam Henrique – Nick Palmieri
Petr Sykora – Patrik Elias – Dainius Zubrus
Mattias Tedenby – Ryan Carter – David Clarkson
Vladimir Zharkov – Brad Mills – Cam Janssen

Andy Greene – Adam Larsson
Henrik Tallinder – Mark Fayne
Bryce Salvador – Anton Volchenkov

Enjoy the Game … LET’S GO DEVILS!!

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