Tuesday, March 18, 2014
W2W4: Bruins at Devils, 7 p.m. ET
By Joe McDonald
The Boston Bruins (46-17-5, 97 points) will face the New Jersey Devils (29-26-13, 71 points) Tuesday night (7 p.m.) at Prudential Center. Here’s what to watch for:
Going streaking: The Bruins will attempt to win their 10th consecutive game Tuesday night. Boston is in the midst of its longest winning streak since November 2011, a month in which the Bruins posted a 14-0-1 record. The Bruins are 12-1-2 in their last 15 games and 17-2-3 in their last 22. Boston is 18-10-3 on the road this season. The Bruins haven’t lost a road game in regulation since Jan. 9 at Los Angeles. Boston will conclude its 13th of 17 sets of back-to-backs games Tuesday. The Bruins are 10-2-1 in the first game and have a 10-2-0 mark in the second game of those series. This is the second of three games between these teams this season.
At the other end of the ice: The Devils begin a season-high five-game homestand. In fact, 10 of the team’s remaining 14 games are on home ice. New Jersey is 8-1-2 in its last 14 games at Prudential Center. The Devils have scored three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
Masked men: Bruins coach Claude Julien could decide to come back with Rask, who made 33 saves in Monday’s 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild, and is 6-0-0 with a 1.48 goals-against average during the team’s nine-game winning streak. If backup Chad Johnson gets the nod, he’s 8-0-1 with a 2.00 GAA in his last nine starts. If Rask starts and wins, he’ll match his longest career-winning streak of seven games, which he set during the 2011-2012 season. It appears the Devils will go Martin Brodeur between the pipes. He has a 25-22-10 record in 59 career games against the Bruins. Prior to beating the Bruins 4-3 on Oct. 26 at TD Garden, Brodeur was 0-7-2 with a 3.32 GAA in his previous nine starts against Boston.
Scorching: Bruins forward Jarome Iginla, who played his 1,300th career game Monday night, has eight goals and three assists for 11 points in the last nine games. Overall, he has 25 goals and 30 assists for 55 points in all 68 games this season. He has five goals in the last three games and he’s five goals shy of reaching his contract scoring incentive.