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New Jersey seeks first win; Rask in goal in home opener for Boston

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

DEVILS (0-2-2) at BRUINS (3-1-0)

7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, NESN, MSG, NHL.TV 


The Game 

The New Jersey Devils will look for their first win of the season when they visit the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday.

Goalie Cory Schneider will start for the Devils, who have been outscored 18-9 in their first four games. A loss would be the worst start for New Jersey since beginning the 2013-14 season with seven straight losses (0-4-3).

Tuukka Rask will start in goal for the Bruins who will play their first home game. Boston won its first three games before a 4-2 loss at the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.


Players to watch

Devils forward Kyle Palmieri has three points (two goals, one assist) in four games this season.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand has five points (three goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak.


They said it

"I think we've been to a couple home openers on the road, and usually those games start with a lot of emotion and the crowd and the players are usually excited. And first periods are really high intensity, so it's good that we've experienced that before and we're expecting no less than that with Boston." -- Devils coach John Hynes

"I was really looking forward to it. Coming in last year late, halfway through, you miss a lot. This is one of the things. But you look forward to doing this, and just you know, just getting hockey back here at the Garden, seeing the fans again and playing in this building." -- Bruins forward Charlie Coyle, a native of South Weymouth, Massachusetts, who was traded to Boston on Feb. 20


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Miles Wood -- Travis Zajac - Blake Coleman

Pavel Zacha -- Jack Hughes -- Wayne Simmonds

Nikita Gusev -- Kevin Rooney -- Jesper Bratt

Damon Severson -- P.K. Subban

Will Butcher -- Sami Vatanen

Mirco Mueller -- Connor Carrick

Cory Schneider

Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratched: Matt Tennyson, John Hayden, Jesper Boqvist

Injured: Andy Greene (upper body)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Karson Kuhlman

Danton Heinen -- Charlie Coyle -- Brett Ritchie

Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Connor Clifton

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Steven Kampfer, Par Lindholm, David Backes

Injured: Kevan Miller (knee), Anton Blidh (shoulder), John Moore (shoulder)


Status report

The Devils will use the same 18 skaters from their 4-3 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. … Ritchie returns to the lineup after one game as a healthy scratch replacing Backes.


Stat pack

Coleman has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past four games. … Marchand is one assist from 300 in the NHL. … Pastrnak has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past two games.

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