Bruins Host Devils In First Back-To-Back Game Of Season
The Bruins are five games into this shortened season, and already they have impressed and invigorated Boston fans, earning a point in every game they have played so far. While the season remains only 10 days young, there have been some very encouraging moments that will no doubt propel the B’s into tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden.
Boston enters tonight’s game 4-0-1 on the season, with 11 different goal scorers and 15 different players with points. The B’s wowed fans last night in Carolina, while Dougie Hamilton continued to make a name for himself. If there was ever any question whether he would be sent down or not, it was answered last night after his assist to David Krejci’s goal gave the Bruins a one-goal lead late in the third period.
Hamilton now has four points on the season and has become a key play maker on the ice. Other players including Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic have also already started to make an impact on the ice.
The Devils come into tonight’s game 3-0-1 with David Clarkson leading the way on offense. He is tied with Patrick Elias for total points (6), and they have relied solely on goaltender Martin Brodeur for all four games. Brodeur has a 1.69 GAA and a .932 save percentage.
While both teams sit close to the bottom of the league with their power plays, they both excel on the PK. Boston claims first in the league, not allowing a power play goal yet this season, despite six Carolina opportunities last night. New Jersey sits on fourth place in that category.
One advantage the Devils will have over the Bruins tonight is rest. They played on Sunday where they lost in overtime to the Canadiens, and had yesterday to rest. Elias, Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus each scored for the Devils, but a costly penalty late in overtime sent them packing from the Bell Centre with just one point to their name. The Bruins will be playing in their first back-to-back stand this season after playing last night in Carolina. With no rest in between games, it will be interesting to see how they come out and play.
After Anton Khudobin made his season debut last night on the ice, Bruins fans can expect Tuukka Rask to settle in between the pipes tonight. Rask is also 3-0-1 on the season with a 1.96 GAA and .925 save percentage.
The puck drops at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on NESN and aired on 98.5 The Sports Hub.