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Preview: Bruins at Devils

Boston forward David Backes remains sidelined; Taylor Hall returns to lineup for New Jersey

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

BRUINS (20-15-4) at DEVILS (14-16-7)

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

 

Bruins team scope

Boston Bruins forward David Backes will miss his second straight game because of a concussion. He is out indefinitely. "He is a big part of our team and a key player," forward David Pastrnak said. "He's a great two-way forward so we miss but that's hockey. Injuries are always there. You'll always miss somebody so fos us we just have to stick to our plan" The Bruins are going for their third straight win for the first time since Dec. 1-5. "We had some good results the past couple of games and we want to continue to stay focused," forward Dominic Moore said. "It starts with having a good start tonight and that's what we're focused on." The Bruins, who are 11-6-4 on the road, did not hold a morning skate Monday.

 

Devils team scope

New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall will be in the lineup after missing the past two games because of a lower-body injury. "It [stinks] missing games and you want to get back as soon as possible," Hall said. "Hopefully I can come back and add a bit of a spark." The Devils were defeated 6-2 by the Washington Capitals on Saturday and have lost 17 of their past 22 games (5-13-4). They went 0-for-9 on the power play and are 4-for-45 in their past 11 games. "I think that zapped a lot of confidence from our group last game. ... I think our chemistry on the power play is a little bit off," said Hall, who has four power-play goals and seven power-play points in 27 games this season. "I think we just have to reset and regroup and come out with a fresh mindset tonight." Goalie Cory Schneider will start after Keith Kinkaid started the past two games.

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Ryan Spooner -- David Krejci -- Frank Vatrano

Tim Schaller -- Austin Czarnik -- Riley Nash

Anton Blidh -- Dominic Moore -- Jimmy Hayes

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

Joe Morrow -- Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Colin Miller, Noel Acciari

Injured: David Backes (concussion), Matt Beleskey (knee), John-Michael Liles (concussion)

 

Devils projected lineup

Michael Cammalleri -- Adam Henrique -- Kyle Palmieri

Taylor Hall -- Sergey Kalinin -- PA Parenteau

Miles Wood -- Pavel Zacha -- Nick Lappin 

Beau Bennett -- Devante Smith-Pelly -- Luke Gazdic

Andy Greene -- Ben Lovejoy 

Jon Merrill -- Steven Santini 

Damon Severson -- Kyle Quincey

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Jacob Josefson, Travis Zajac

Injured: Vernon Fiddler (lower body), John Moore (concussion)

 

Status report

Liles, who has missed 17 games because of a concussion, was on the ice Sunday. ... Moore was placed on injured reserve Saturday after sustaining a concussion on a hit from Capitals forward Tom Wilson. Santini was recalled from Albany of the American Hockey League on Sunday. He will play his first game of the season and second of his NHL career. "Some energy, some intensity. ... Whatever I can do to get the boys going to try and get the win," Santini said. Josefson is ill and won't play. Zajac (illness) will be a game-time decision. The Devils claimed forward Reid Boucher off waivers from the Nashville Predators on Monday. Boucher was with the Devils earlier this season but was claimed on waivers by the Predators on Dec. 2. Defenseman Yohann Auvitu was assigned to Albany.

 

Who's hot

Spooner has three goals and four assists in his past five games. Bergeron has goals in two straight games. ... Palmieri has three goals in his past five games. Parenteau has five goals in nine games.

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