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Boston tries to extend point streak to eight games; New Jersey is 4-2-1 in past seven

by Mike G, Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

BRUINS (24-7-9) AT DEVILS (13-19-6)



The Game

The Boston Bruins will try to extend their point streak to eight games when they play the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday.

The Bruins have won three straight and are 4-0-3 in their past seven games.

Bruins forward David Pastrnak scored his NHL-leading 29th goal and had an assist in a 3-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. He has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) during a seven-game point streak.

The Devils are 4-2-1 in their past seven games following a seven-game winless streak (0-6-1).


Players to watch

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has seven points (six goals, one assist) during a four-game point streak.

Devils forward Nikita Gusev has five points (two goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak and eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past six games.


They said it

"We're erring on the side of caution a little bit here (with defenseman Torey Krug). He's very close, but would the extra couple days help him? We have to discuss that internally." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on Krug, who will miss his third straight game with an upper-body injury

"When you have four lines that can play the way we're playing, it certainly puts teams on their heels." -- Devils forward Miles Wood


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- Par Lindholm -- David Backes

Anders Bjork -- Charlie Coyle -- Brett Ritchie

Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Jeremy Lauzon

John Moore -- Steven Kampfer

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Danton Heinen

Injured: Charlie McAvoy (lower body), Torey Krug (upper body), Kevan Miller (knee), David Krejci (lower body), Connor Clifton (upper body)


Devils projected lineup

Jesper Bratt -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Miles Wood -- Jack Hughes -- Wayne Simmonds

Jesper Boqvist -- Pavel Zacha -- John Hayden

Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban

Damon Severson -- Sami Vatanen

Mirco Mueller -- Connor Carrick

Mackenzie Blackwood

Gilles Senn

Scratched: Kevin Rooney

Injured: Matt Tennyson (upper body), Will Butcher (undisclosed)


Status report

The Bruins placed McAvoy on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 23 and recalled defenseman Lauzon from Providence of the American Hockey League on Monday. Krug practiced but won't play. Krejci and Clifton were each injured on Sunday and did not travel. ... Butcher practiced Monday and could return to the lineup after missing the past two games.


Stat pack

Marchand has one goal and six assists during a three-game point streak. Chara will pass Brendan Shanahan (1,524 games played) for 18th place on the NHL all-time list. ... Palmieri has five points (one goal, four assists) during a three-game point streak and eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past seven games. Vatanen has six assists during a four-game point streak. Severson will play his 400th NHL game.

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