The New Jersey Devils
will try to snap a three-game losing streak, and also try to defeat the Boston Bruins
for the first time in four tries this season, tonight at the TD Garden.
Although this is the Devils' final meeting with the Bruins in the regular season, they could run into the defending champs in the postseason. If the season ended today, second-seeded Boston and seventh-seeded New Jersey would meet.
Nonetheless, the Devils aren't looking at this game as any type of playoff preview. They're looking at it more like a chance to start playing better. They had won four in a row before their current slide.
"I think more so for ourselves, just to get back on track, try to get back in the winning column. We've been playing well, we've been playing some good hockey, we just need to do a better job of generating some more offense," captain Zach Parise
said after the Devils' morning skate. "But I think this is definitely a team that's going to be there at the end of the year, so we definitely want to make sure we play a good game against them."
In an effort to jostle his team's offense, New Jersey coach Pete DeBoer has juggled his forward lines, including moving Dainius Zubrus
from third-line center to second-line right wing with Petr Sykora
and Patrik Elias
Here’s how the Devils' lineup should look tonight against the Bruins:
- Adam Henrique
- Ilya Kovalchuk
- Patrik Elias
- Dainius Zubrus
- Jacob Josefson
- David Clarkson
- Ryan Carter
- Steve Bernier
- Mark Fayne
- Adam Larsson
- Marek Zidlicky