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1/23 Pregame Notes: Devils at Bruins

New Jersey Devils (24-14-8) at Boston Bruins (27-10-8) 7PM • Prudential Center • MSG • The One Jersey Network

by James Stolfi / newjerseydevils.com

LAST GAME: JAN. 22 - NEW JERSEY DEVILS 0 vs. DETROIT RED WINGS 3

The Devils lost, 3-0, in the third,and final game between the Eastern Conference clubs this season. The Devils finished the season series 2-1-0. They defeated Detroit in the first two games, Nov. 25 (4-3 Wo) at Little Caesars Arena, Dec. 27 (3-1 W), and Jan. 22 (3-0 L), at Prudential Center.

The Devils have never swept the Red Wings, 3-0-0 specifically, in a season series. The club is 3-3-2 vs. Detroit since the 2013-14 season. New Jersey is 13-8-5 (6-5-2 home) vs. the Eastern Conference and is 8-2-4 (4-2-2 home) against Atlantic Division opponents.

Detroit opened up the scoring at 6:36 in the first period and never looked back, netting the only goals of the night from Tyler Bertuzzi, David Booth, and Dylan Larkin. Larkin, and Andreas Athanasiou led the team with 2PTS each

Cory Schneider started his first game since Jan. 13, missing two of the three due to illness. Schneider was peppered with shots throughout the game, stopping 27 out of 30 in his return to the crease.

Taylor Hall missed his third game of the season tonight with a hand injury, and is also will not accompany the club to Boston. Hall's career-high seven-game, points-streak from Jan. 2-20 (5G-7A-12PTS) was snapped. Also Jan. 16-Feb. 4, 2016 (2G-7A-9PTS) as an Edmonton Oiler. Four of the seven games included a multi-point effort from the All-Star. Taylor Hall leads all Devils with 4PTS (1G-3A) vs. Detroit this season.

Brian Gibbons (OT) and Nico Hischier had New Jersey's game-winners in NJD's two wins vs. Detroit this season.

The Devils out-shot the Red Wings, 37-30. The club was 0-5 on the power play and was 2-2 on the penalty-kill.

The game marked the club's 10th of 16 back-to-back sets this season as they face the Boston Bruins at TD Garden tonight (7PM, MSG/TOJN). The Devils are 5-3-2 in first games and 5-4-0 in second contests of back-to-backs.

TONIGHT @ BOSTON BRUINS

Tonight is the second of three games between the Bruins and Devils this season and the tail-end of New Jersey's 10th of 16 sets of back-to-back contests this season. New Jersey is 5-3-2 in firsts and is 5-4-0 in the second of back-to-backs.

The Devils trail the Bruins, 0-0-1, thus far after losing, 2-3Ls, in the shootout on Nov. 11 at Prudential Center.

New Jersey has not defeated the Bruins at TD Garden in five straight games (0-4-1) since the 2013-14 season. Jimmy Hayes (Dorchester), Cory Schneider (Marblehead), Brian Gibbons (Braintree, MA), and Brian Boyle (Hingham, MA) were all born in MA.

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