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Rivalry Night on NBCSN: Bruins look to continue dominance over Devils

Apr 10, 2013, 8:04 AM EDT

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 4: Tyler Seguin #19 of the Boston Bruins skates with the puck against Peter Harrold #10 of the New Jersey Devils at the TD Garden on April 4, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Throughout the season, NBCSN will feature the NHL’s fiercest rivalries on Wednesday nights. Tonight the Boston Bruins will head to the Prudential Center for a match against the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Devils got off to a 8-1-3 start this season and haven’t been able to find their groove since. Now they’re on a seven-game losing streak, their worst in 27 years.

New Jersey has fallen to 10th place in the Eastern Conference and are two points out of a playoff spot. The chance to win the Atlantic Division has officially slipped away. Now the Devils’ only hope is that they rebound enough to make the playoffs at all so that they can try to pull off another low-seed run.

First they must accomplish something they haven’t done in quite a while: Beat the Boston Bruins.

This is the third match of 2013 between these two squads and the Bruins took the first two. In fact, the Boston Bruins also swept their four-game series against the Devils last season.

When the Devils play against the Bruins tonight, it will be on New Jersey’s second anniversary of its last win against the club — and that was the Devils’ only win against the Bruins in 2010-11.

While the Bruins don’t need this win as badly as the Devils, it’s still important to them. They’re in a battle with Montreal for the Northeast Division title with the second or possibly even first seed on the line. The Canadiens lost to Washington on Tuesday, giving the Bruins a golden opportunity to gain a narrow edge over them.

With New Jersey slumping, the Bruins’ recent history against the squad, and the fact that Devils star forward Ilya Kovalchuk is sidelined, the odds seem heavily stacked in Boston’s favor. However, the Devils are desperate and that type of team can never be ruled out.

Probable goaltenders: NJD – Martin Brodeur (10-5-7, 2.18 GAA, .908 SV%) | BOS – Anton Khudobin (8-3-0, 2.07 GAA, .929 SV%)

Top scorers: NJD – Patrik Elias (10-20-30, 39 GP) | BOS – Brad Marchand (16-16-32, 37 GP)

Notable Injuries:
Boston – Forwards: Patrice Bergeron (concussion), Marc Savard (concussion) Defensemen: Adam McQuaid (shoulder)
New Jersey- Forwards: Kovalchuk (shoulder)

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I never knew this was ACTUALLY a rivalry

  2. bruinsfan19 - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I never knew either but oh well must be know other good games tonight that’s why

  3. sabatimus - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    If the B’s can get the damn puck out of their own end without first committing about 10 turnovers, I might have hope. By the way, I never knew the Bruins picked up Kovalchuk. Did they trade Bergeron for him?

    • rogersjd16 - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      So true. They’re looking very ’09-’10 when their timely scoring and great goaltending overshadowed just how slow and sloppy they were in their own zone. Gotta fix that for playoffs. Pivots gotta show earlier and quicker.

  4. gallyhatch - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    The Bruins were far from dominant last Thursday, that game was almost all Devils. The Bruins could barely get it of of their zone, and the only goal of the night bounced off Jagr’s skate.

    Bruins have as much to prove tonight as the Devils in my opinion.

    (Granted NJ needs the win more to try to make the playoffs, but B’s have to turn their team around or it will be a 2nd round exit at best if they don’t)

    • rogersjd16 - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      The amount of shots the Bs have given up over the past 5 games is astounding (surely augmented by their terrible defensive zone play). Jersey had 42 I think it was last week…

      • sabatimus - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        Seriously. If they give up less than 35 tonight I’ll be happy.

  5. stretch61 - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:42 PM


    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      Calm down Jack Edwards

  6. massconn72 - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Did anybody else pick up the fact that this reporter has now idea what he is talking about? Go to the bottom of the article and look who is out with injuries and see what team they are on. This Ryan Dadoun must have been asleep for the past few years. If he has no idea what team Ilya Kovalchuk plays on, then he better quit. What a fool.

    • sabatimus - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      I read it as a simple mistake and snarkily pointed that out earlier. If you think Dadoun REALLY thinks Kovalchuk is on the Bruins, think again.

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