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Hoping that a little home cooking will help the team get back to some winning ways, the Bruins (39-22-10) kick off a three-game homestand tonight on Causeway Street when they host the resurgent New Jersey Devils (34-34-4) at TD Garden.
The Bruins are reeling after an embarrassing 5-2 loss Saturday night up in Toronto. Winners of just one of their last seven contests (1-3-3), Boston’s Northeast Division lead has been cut to a single point over Montreal entering tonight’s action. While the B’s do have two games in hand over the Habs, if Montreal can beat the Sabres tonight and Boston doesn’t get the job done at home against New Jersey, Boston will relinquish the division lead and face an uphill climb from here on in.
As for the Devils, they have made a miraculous turnaround as of late, after starting the season a dreadful 10-29-2. Since then, they’ve ripped off an impressive 24-5-2 mark, bringing them back to the .500 level and relevant again in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Sitting in 11th place right now in the East, New Jersey finds themselves with seven points to make up in order to catch eighth place Buffalo. The Devils have made the playoffs for 13 straight seasons, so while they have a ton of work to do to keep that streak alive, their outlook is a lot rosier than it was a few months ago.
It’s been a while since these two squads faced each other, so let’s get you reacquainted with tonight’s opponent with tonight’s pre-game notes…