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The road continues for the Black and Gold this evening, as they take their act to the Garden State to skate with Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, and the rest of the New Jersey Devils (40-24-13). The Bruins (30-25-12), who have gone a mediocre 2-2-1 so far on their season-long seven-game road trip, wrap up this voyage with back-to-back affairs. The team will fly to Raleigh after tonight’s game to take on Carolina tomorrow night.
Both New Jersey and Boston are coming off disappointing performances over the weekend. The Bruins couldn’t do enough to keep pace with the Canadiens Saturday, losing 3-2, while the Devils fell to the lowly Islanders, 4-2. New Jersey’s had an odd march through their March schedule, with huge wins over San Jose and division rival Pittsburgh, while also losing to the likes of Edmonton and the New York Islanders. A date with the B’s might be exactly what the Devils need though, having won eight of the last 11 meetings over Boston, including a pair of 2-1 victories in this season’s two previous meetings.
Let’s now jump into some pre-game notes, leading up to tonight’s “date with the Devils”…