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GAME: New Jersey Devils (29-21-6) at Boston Bruins (24-23-9).

TIME: Thursday, 7 p.m. EST.

The New Jersey Devils are in the midst of an eight-game home winning streak. They haven't fared nearly as well away from Continental Airlines Arena of late.

The Devils try to end a three-game road losing skid when they take on the Boston Bruins.

New Jersey is 18-7-3 at Continental, but just 11-14-3 on the road. The Devils have scored just 74 goals in 28 road games while allowing 86, and they have been shut out in two of their last three road contests. They were blanked in consecutive road defeats Jan. 26-27 at Tampa Bay and Florida before losing 4-2 on Saturday at Toronto.

New Jersey regrouped at home Tuesday, defeating Tampa Bay 7-4.

"We have to be pleased. It was a big win for us," Devils interim coach and general manager Lou Lamoriello said. "We've gone through an intense six weeks and have been focusing well."

Jamie Langenbrunner had two goals, and Scott Gomez scored his 20th and added three assists. New Jersey scored three first-period goals to chase the Lightning's John Grahame en route to its highest output since an 8-2 win Nov. 25 at Tampa Bay.

Langenbrunner has five goals and 10 assists in his last 12 games, helping the Devils to go 8-3-1 in that span.

The Bruins might prefer to play this game on the road. Boston beat the Penguins 3-1 on Wednesday at Pittsburgh and has won six of its last seven on the road.

Brad Stuart scored two power-play goals for Boston, and rookie goaltender Tim Thomas came within 1:31 of his second shutout.

"It was a little frustrating because (shutouts) aren't easy to come by," said Thomas, who has allowed six goals in his last five games. "But we got the win, and that's the important thing."

Since joining the Bruins on Jan. 10, the 32-year-old Thomas has posted a 1.81 goals-against average in 13 starts. Boston is 8-2-3 since Thomas took over Jan. 14 as the starting goalie, and has climbed within two points of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins will play Friday without 20-goal scorer Marco Sturm, who is out for at least two games with an undisclosed upper-body injury. Wednesday's win marked the return of defenseman Brian Leetch, who missed three games with a groin injury.

STANDINGS (through Feb. 7): Devils - 64 points, 3rd place, 10 PB, Atlantic Division. Bruins - 57 points, 4th place (tied), 20 PB, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Devils - Brian Gionta, 31 goals and 54 points; Gomez, 33 assists; Colin White, 57 PIM. Bruins - Sturm, 20 goals; Patrice Bergeron, 29 assists and 46 points; Hal Gill, 78 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 7): Devils - Power play: 17.8 percent (57 for 321), 15th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.8 percent (203 for 248), 16th. Bruins - Power play: 15.5 percent (46 for 297), 24th. Penalty killing: 84.3 percent (274 for 325), 8th.

GOALTENDERS: Devils - Martin Brodeur (27-17-4, 5 SO, 2.58 GAA); Scott Clemmensen (2-4-2, 3.83). Bruins - Thomas (8-2-3, 1, 1.81); Andrew Raycroft (7-16-2, 3.68).

SEASON SERIES: Devils, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 29; Devils, 3-2. At East Rutherford, N.J., the Devils overcame a 2-1 deficit with two third-period goals. Alexander Mogilny scored the winner with 32 seconds to play.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Devils - 11-14-3 on the road; Bruins - 11-10-5 at home.

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