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Surging Bruins set to host struggling Devils

by John Kreiser

DEVILS (16-13-4) at BRUINS (18-9-4)


Season series: The Boston Bruins swept three games from the New Jersey Devils last season by a combined score of 10-4. Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with four points (one goal). Travis Zajac had two goals and one assist for New Jersey.

Devils team scope: Boston-area native Cory Schneider is expected to be back in goal after Keith Kinkaid made 16 saves in a 2-1 home loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. The Devils have lost two straight and three of their past four games, scoring four goals in that span. "This is part of the process and we'll get through it," coach John Hynes said of the scoring slump. "When you do it the right way, you end up stronger on the other side of it." The Devils have 59 shots on goal in their past three games, including 22 on Saturday. "Our execution on offense needs to be better," Hynes said. "Our passing, our receiving, those things need to be better when we're on the attack, coming out of our zone."

Bruins team scope: Boston can move within one point of the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic Division with a victory after starting its season 0-3-0. Boston is 4-0-1 in its past five games and is coming off a 6-2 victory at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. "We're back in the mix and we know that, three points behind [Montreal]," coach Claude Julien told the Bruins website Saturday. "It's not like we're oblivious to it, or we don't pay attention to it. But at the same time, I don't want us to look at that and think of that versus thinking about what we need to do to get there." The Bruins reassigned forward Alex Khokhlachev to Providence of the American Hockey League on Saturday and sent down forward David Pastrnak for a conditioning assignment; he's been sidelined since Oct. 27 because of a fractured foot.

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