The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils (40-24-3) vs. the Boston Bruins (30-25-12)
The Last Devils Game: Coming off a big win against the Penguins on Friday night, the Devils entered Long Island and had a very big let down. NJ got off to a 1 goal lead eary but let the Islanders slip away with the lead and eventually the win.
The Last Bruins Game: They took on their rivals the Montreal Canadieans and Montreal skated away with a 3-2 victory. Boston started slowly and weren’t able to catch Montreal.
The Last Devils – Bruins Game: It was a game where the goalies shinned and stole the show. With the game knotted at 1-1 after an OT period, the game went into a skills contest and that’s when Jamie beat Boston Goalie Tuukka Rask 5-hole to win the game. This was the game in which Marty passed Patrick Roy for most minutes played by a goalie.
Tonight’s Game: The Devils need redemtion for the lose on the island but Boston has tons to play for right now. They are in the battle for that 8th and final playoff spot and it looks like Marc Savard won’t be returning at all this season after the Cooke incident so Boston needs points wherevere and whenever they can get them.
Boston this season has been a team that has struggled to score goals and should hopefully continue that trend tonight. The Bruins goaltending on the other hand has been excellant and will certainly be a test for NJ who has stuggled putting pucks in the net so far in 2010, although recently they’ve been a little better.
I thought NJ spent a lot of time standing still the other night and not moving the puck, two key areas that they didn’t do in wins over the Rangers and Penguins. If they want to win tonight, moving the feet and the puck is certainly a way to get the job done.
Lines for tonight probably look like:
Ilya Kovalchuk – Patrik Elias – Jamie Langenbrunner
Brian Rolston – Rob Niedermayer – David Clarkson
Jay Pandolfo – Dean McAmmond – Rod Pelley
Colin White – Mike Mottau
Anssi Salmela – Martin Skoula