The Boston Bruins (30-14-6, 66 pts) and the New Jersey Devils (17-27-7, 41 pts) will meet one another for the ultimate two instances this season once they start a two-game collection on the Prudential Heart (7 PM ET, NESN, NHN, SN) on Monday night time.
If the Boston Bruins get a minimum of one level in Monday night time’s sport in opposition to the Devils on the Prudential Heart, they will clinch a playoff spot for the fifth consecutive season under head coach Bruce Cassidy. The B’s are only a single level behind the New York Islanders and maintain video games in hand in opposition to the three East Division groups forward of them, so it’s fully potential that the Bruins will be capable to end with a better seed after clinching the fourth spot.
“We wish to clinch first. Hopefully, we care for enterprise [on Tuesday] after which we’ll begin worrying about [other things]. You all the time wish to end as excessive within the standings as you may,” stated Cassidy. “However I feel this yr greater than every other yr it’s not going to matter as a lot. You’ve received 4 actually good groups [in the East Division] which were jockeying all yr.
“I assume the Islanders are the one which’s totally different with their discrepancy between the house and highway information. That’s one thing you wish to keep watch over. And Pittsburgh falls into that class a bit as effectively. In order two of the three groups we may be going through, you wish to keep watch over that. However for us, our file could be very balanced. We really feel we will win regardless of the place the sport goes to be performed.”
Tuukka Rask might be again between the pipes for the Boston Bruins on Monday as he continues to spherical into playoff kind. Rask is 13-4-2 with a 2.27 GAA and a .916 save proportion and went an ideal 5-0-0 throughout the month of April after coming back from an higher physique damage.
Devils backup Scott Wedgewood (3-6-3, 3.04 objectives in opposition to common and .899 save proportion) will get the beginning nod for the Devils.
-David Krejci has been a person on fireplace for the reason that NHL commerce deadline, clearly energized by the presence of energy ahead Taylor Corridor on his line.
“He’s re-energized by way of attacking,” Boston Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy said after the game Thursday. “That was an all-world play tonight, clearly, beating guys one-on-one. However he’s transferring his toes and going north slightly extra. He’s received a man on his left wing who can bomb down the wing, a man on his proper wing that may skate. I’d say the most important factor is his tempo. He’s enjoying with slightly extra tempo. His wingers are possibly forcing him to try this. He’s making performs, clearly, and ending performs whereas he’s doing it.”
Because the Boston Bruins acquired Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar from the Sabres, Krejci has been en fuego! The just-turned 35-year-old (April 28), veteran middle has 5 objectives and 7 assists for 12 factors in 11 video games since being put in the midst of Corridor and Craig Smith on April 13. The depth scoring that the trio has offered has been pivotal within the Bruins going 9-2-0 of their final ten video games.
-Defenseman Mike Reilly is out for Monday night time’s sport with a difficulty that’s been nagging him during the last week. Jakub Zboril will substitute him as a left facet defenseman.
-Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk drew again into the lineup final weekend after being a wholesome scratch for the final two video games and can stay within the lineup for the Black and Gold on Monday night time in New Jersey. DeBrusk changed rookie energy ahead Trent Frederic within the lineup.
-Jaro Halak will again up Tuukka Rask.
–The Bruins’ powerplay went 1-for-4 on Saturday. They’re now 31-for-146 on the person benefit this season. They’re 14th within the NHL with a 21.1% success price.
-The PK killed off each of the Sabres powerplays on Saturday. They’re second within the NHL with an 86.2% success price. They’ve killed off 146 of 169 powerplay makes an attempt in opposition to them this season.
-Boston Bruins winger Chris Wagner has been out the final two video games after struggling an damage on Thursday night time, however did return to follow on Sunday. Karson Kuhlman will slot in for Wagner for the second straight sport.
-Defenseman Brandon Carlo is simply ready for last medical clearance from an indirect pressure to return on Tuesday night time in opposition to the Devils in New Jersey. Kevan Miller is slated to play on Monday night time for the Bruins however will sit on the second half of the back-to-back video games as he has all season.
-Fellow rearguard John Moore is out for the season after present process hip surgical procedure. Ahead Ondrej Kase continues to be listed as week-to-week with an upper-body damage however has been skating.
-Former Boston College ahead AJ Greet might be making his Devils debut on Monday night time in New Jersey after being a part of the Kyle Palmieri/Travis Zajac commerce with the New York Islanders. It sounds just like the Devils expect Greer to make a bodily affect within the matchup with a Bruins group trying to sweep up some factors tonight.
“We’re going to get a participant that’s hungry for the chance,” stated Devils head coach Lindy Ruff. “He brings measurement and physicality on the similar time.”
Greer had three objectives and 6 assists in 10 video games for the Binghamton Devils previous to getting referred to as up from the AHL.
-Scott Wedgewood will get the beginning nod between the pipes for the Devils. Wedgewood had a tough month of April with a objectives in opposition to common over 5.00 and a .736 save proportion throughout three appearances final month.
-The Devils are 28th within the NHL in energy play success price this season with a paltry 14.6 p.c price for his or her PP.
-The Devils are additionally useless final within the NHL with a 70.4 p.c success price. One way or the other, they’ve managed to provide the Bruins a tough time this season regardless of a seemingly large particular groups mismatch between the 2 hockey golf equipment based mostly on the statistics.
-PK Subban and Jonas Siegenthaler are each injured for the Devils and out on Monday night time, however have begun figuring out off the ice.
Boston Bruins Strains
Brad Marchand – Charlie Coyle – David Pastrnak
Taylor Corridor – David Krejci – Craig Smith
Nick Ritchie – Sean Kuraly – Charlie Coyle
Jake DeBrusk – Curtis Lazar – Karson Kuhlman
Jeremy Lauzon – Charlie McAvoy
Matt Grzelcyk – Kevan Miller
Jakub Zboril – Connor Clifton
New Jersey Devils Strains
Right here’s your #NJDevils lineup from morning skate at the moment forward of going through the Bruins:
Greer (photos right here) will make his Devils debut since being acquired within the Palmieri/Zajac commerce with the Islanders. pic.twitter.com/PQlJgXx3Wz
— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) May 3, 2021