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New Jersey forward Palmieri out 4-6 weeks with broken right foot; Khudobin to start third straight for Boston

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

BRUINS (8-7-4) at DEVILS (12-5-3)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+2, NESN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri has a broken right foot and will miss the game against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center on Wednesday.

Palmieri, injured when blocking a shot by Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba in a 4-3 overtime win on Monday, will be out 4-6 weeks.

The Devils are 3-1-1 in their past five games following a four-game losing streak (0-2-2).  

Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin, 5-0-2 in seven starts this season, will make his third straight start after leading Boston to consecutive wins at the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday and San Jose Sharks on Saturday. 

 

Players to watch

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has no points in his past four games after having nine points (four goals, five assists) in his previous six games.

Devils center Nico Hischier has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past five games, and is tied for fifth in the NHL among rookie scorers with 15 points (three goals, 12 assists).

 

They said it

"[Khudobin] has played well and deserves to start games. … We'll see how it goes and worry about the next game on Friday, but right now the guys are playing well in front of him and he looks confident and composed." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy

"The guys in the lineup have to perform well. We feel like we have a pretty deep team, so although it's disappointing to not have [Palmieri] in the lineup, the guys that are just have to perform. We've got to find a way to win." -- Devils coach John Hynes

 

Bruins projected lineup

Danton Heinen -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Peter Cehlarik

Ryan Spooner -- Frank Vatrano -- Riley Nash

Tim Schaller -- Sean Kuraly -- Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Rob O'Gara -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Kevan Miller

Anton Khudobin

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Matt Beleskey, Jordan Szwarz, Paul Postma

Injured: Brad Marchand (undisclosed), Torey Krug (upper body), Anders Bjork (undisclosed), Adam McQuaid (broken right leg), David Backes (colon surgery)

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Travis Zajac -- Jesper Bratt

Adam Henrique -- Nico Hischier -- Brian Gibbons

Pavel Zacha -- Blake Coleman -- Jimmy Hayes

Miles Wood -- Brian Boyle -- Drew Stafford

Andy Greene -- Steven Santini

John Moore -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Ben Lovejoy

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Dalton Prout, Stefan Noesen

Injured: Marcus Johansson (concussion), Mirco Mueller (collarbone), Kyle Palmieri (broken right foot)

 

Status report

Krug will miss his third straight game and Marchand will miss his fourth straight. … Grzelcyk was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. Spooner returns after missing 14 games with a groin injury. ... Hayes will play after being a healthy scratch the past four games.

 

Stat pack

Bergeron has one assist in his past four games after having five points (two goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak. … Schneider has held opponents to three goals or fewer in five of his past six starts (2-2-2, 15 goals allowed).

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