DEVILS (6-4-0) at BRUINS (5-4-1)
-- Devils 6-4-0; Bruins 5-4-1
Season series -- As is usually the case in October, this is the first meeting between the teams. Last season, New Jersey and Boston split the four meetings.
-- The Devils have been an unstoppable force on the road, off to a franchise-best 5-0 start away from home. The Bruins, meanwhile, are just 3-3 at TD Banknorth Garden.
-- The Devils are coming off a 4-1 loss at home to the Sabres, and definitely looked like they missed injured defenseman Paul Martin (fractured left forearm) and left wing Jay Pandolfo (dislocated shoulder) Wednesday.
"They jumped on us quick," defenseman Colin White told the Star-Ledger. "We had a slow start. We're definitely going to miss those guys. I don't think we performed as good as we should have. Myself, I have to be better than that. We made a lot of poor decisions, all of us."
Playing their second game in two nights, the Devils may turn to backup goalie Yann Danis, who has yet to make an appearance this season. Coach Jacques Lemaire was expected to decide Thursday morning.
-- After looking a little bit lost early in the season, Boston came up with its biggest and most impressive of the season against Ottawa. Down two in the final 88 seconds, David Krejci
and Mark Recchi tied it before Patrice Bergeron
netted the winner in a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday.
"I just like the fact that when you're down by two goals with less than two minutes, just to see the guys battle to get back into it, it was a character win," coach Claude Julien told the Boston Globe.
Against the Devils, the Bruins won't expect to score goals in rapid-fire succession like they did against the Senators.
"Against Jacques Lemaire teams, they'll keep you to the outside as much as possible," said Recchi. "You're going to have to drive the net, you're going to have to really get ugly.
-- After a slow start, Zach Parise
has picked it up for the Devils. He has 5 goals and 4 assists in his last 5 games. Defenseman Derek Morris has been smoking hot of late. He's tied for the team lead with 7 points and has 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 3 games.
-- Along with Pandolfo and Martin on the shelf for six weeks, Patrik Elias
(groin) is still not skating with the team. The Bruins are running an infirmary of their own. Marc Savard
(foot) and Milan Lucic
(finger) are expected to be out least another month.
-- In the last nine meetings between the Devils and Bruins, only one game was decided by more than two goals.
-- The record shows the Devils are a superior road team right now, but Lemaire wants to see better overall play from his team no matter where his team takes the ice. "We don't know what it means," he said. "I know the games we've played (at home) were against good teams, but the effort overall has to be better. There is parity in the league. If you're not playing 60 minutes, you're in trouble."
-- Dave Lozo, NHL.com