April 10, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Devils

By Jesse Connolly

SEASON SERIES

Jan. 29 - NJD 1 @ BOS 2 (SO)
Apr. 4 - NJD 0 @
BOS 1
Apr. 10 - BOS @ NJD

NEWS AND NOTES

* Tuukka Rask will be the backup tonight, though it’s unrelated to taking a puck off the collarbone during morning skate.

* The Devils come in riding a seven-game winless streak.  

STANDINGS

Boston: 25-9-4, 54 pts (2nd in division, 4th in conference)
New Jersey: 15-14-10, 40 pts (4th in division, 10th in conferene)

TEAM LEADERS
BOS / NJD

GOALS: Brad Marchand (16)
ASSISTS: Bergeron, Krejci (21)
POINTS: Brad Marchand (32)

PLUS-MINUS: Patrice Bergeron (+23)
PIM: Milan Lucic (59)
SHOTS: Tyler Seguin (125)
TIME ON ICE: Zdeno Chara (24:54)

WINS: Tuukka Rask (17)
GAA: Tuukka Rask (1.95)
SV%: Anton Khudobin (.929)

ON A ROLL

Boston: Dennis Seidenberg (3 pts in last 2 GP), Brad Marchand (4 pts in last 4 GP)
New Jersey: Martin Brodeur (1.64 GAA in last 3 GP)

ICE COLD

Boston: Tyler Seguin (0 pts in last 3 GP)
New Jersey: Patrik Elias (0 pts in last 3 GP), Andy Greene (0 pts in last 5 GP)

OBSCURE STATS

Boston: The Bruins PK has a 93.1 success rate on the road. Their PP clicks at a 19.2% rate away from TD Garden.

New Jersey: The Devils kill 82.1 percent of opposing power plays on home ice. They’re successful 17.8% of the time on their own man advantages in their barn.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* Let’s be honest here: The Devils are playing awful hockey of late. They haven’t won since Marty Brodeur locked down career victory 666 (spooky!). Much like the Hurricanes game the other night, the B’s should be able to manhandle New Jersey.


* Jaromir Jagr may have scored a fluky goal against the Devils last week, but the odds say to not expect much from his line after a strong game against Carolina. Jagr hadn’t scored in his previous seven games against New Jersey. The winger on the other side of the line, Brad Marchand, has one goal in 12 tilts against the Devils. Greg Campbell has two goals in 27 games against New Jersey.

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Boston: Anton Khudobin (8-3-0, 2.07, .929)
New Jersey: Martin Brodeur (10-5-7, 2.18, .908)

PROJECTED LINEUP

Boston

Lucic – Krejci – Horton
Marchand – Campbell – Jagr
Pandolfo – Kelly – Seguin
Daugavins – Peverley – Thornton

Chara – Hamilton
Bartkowski – Seidenberg
Ference – Boychuk

Rask
Khudobin

New Jersey

Elias - Zajac - Sullivan
Ponikarovsky - Loktionov - Clarkson
Zubrus - Henrique - Bernier
Carter - Gionta - D’Agostini

Salvador - Volchenkov
Greene - Fayne
Tallinder - Zidlicky

Brodeur
Hedberg
 

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com