Boston Bruins 20 pts (8-7-4)
New Jersey Devils 27 pts (12-5-3)
7 p.m. ET
Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
Radio: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub
BOS @ NJD
NJD @ BOS
BOS @ NJD
David Pastrnak, 17
Taylor Hall, 21
David Pastrnak, 10
Brian Gibbons, 9
Taylor Hall, 15
The Boston Bruins will be going for their third straight win tonight at the New Jersey Devils. Bruce Cassidy held an optional skate this morning, so we are unsure exactly how the team will lineup. The combinations down below are an educated guess at this point.
Here is what we do know. Anders Bjork, Brad Marchand and Torey Krug are all remain out. Ryan Spooner will return to the lineup after missing the last 14 games with a groin injury and will play wing tonight. Goaltender Anton Khudobin will start his third straight game.
What we don’t know is exactly where Spooner will slot into the lineup and who will come out for him.
The Devils have been one of the most surprising teams in the Eastern Conference. Despite having eight players 23-years-old or younger on their roster, they find themselves at the top of the Metropolitan Division.
One of those leading the youth movement in New Jersey is the top overall pick from last June’s NHL Entry Draft, Nico Hischier. The 18-year-old center has three goals and 15 points in his first 20 games.
Our old friend Jimmy Hayes will dress for the Devils tonight after being a healthy scratch the last four games.
Probable Bruins Lineup
Danton Heinen - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Peter Cehlarik
Ryan Spooner - Riley Nash - Frank Vatrano
Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Rob O'Gara - Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk - Kevan Miller
Anton Khudobin (5-0-2, 2.17 GAA, .935 save %, 0 SO)
D-Adam McQuaid (leg) out, RW-David Backes (colon) out, RW-Anders Bjork (undisclosed) out, LW-Brad Marchand (undisclosed) out, D-Torey Krug (upper-body) out
Probable Devils Lineup
Taylor Hall -Travis Zajac - Jesper Bratt
Adam Henrique - Nico Hischier - Brian Gibbons
Miles Wood - Brian Boyle - Drew Stafford
Pavel Zacha - Blake Coleman - Jimmy Hayes
Andy Greene - Steven Santini
John Moore - Damon Severson
Will Butcher - Ben Lovejoy
Cory Schneider (8-4-2, 2.88 GAA, .917 save %, 1 SO)
LW-Marcus Johansson (concussion) out, D-Mirco Mueller (clavicle) out, RW-Kyle Palmieri (foot) out