Good morning from the Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils, where tonight the Bruins will face the ever-hard-working Devils. This is the start of Boston's final 10-game stretch leading to the playoffs, and the Bruins get back at work after pasting the sad sack Canes, 6-2, Monday night at TD Garden. Brad Marchand had two goals and Dennis Seidenberg chipped in with a career-high three assists.
The Bruins were off all day Tuesday, so it's most likely that coach Claude Julien will return with the same lineup he rolled out vs. Carolina. He knows he has a very tired bunch on his hands right now. ''You have to look at what the schedule has been the last two months,'' noted Julien, ''or the last month plus this one and understand that has an effect on our game – there's no ifs and buts about it.''
The power play, which has struggled this season, has delivered but one goal over the last 12 games. Of equal concern, if not more, has been the small number of chances they have had to go on the attack. They have been awarded but one power play in each of their last three games, and only 22 over the last dozen.
Puck drop: 7:35 p.m. Record: Bruins, 25-9-4; Devils 15-14-10
TV/radio info: NBC Sports Network; 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Projected Bruins lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Gregory Campbell-Jaromir Jagr
Danny Paille-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Jordan Caron-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Matt Bartkowski
Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson (D); Wade Redden (D); Kaspars Daugavins (F); Jay Pandolfo (F). Injured: Patrice Bergeron (concussion).
Story lines: Marchand, the L'il Ball o' Hate, now has a team-leading 16 goals. Jarmoir Jagr has 15 goals, but 14 of those came while he was with the Stars ... No official word from the corner office on how soon, or if, Swedish standout Carl Soderberg will be joining the Bruins. Rumors have run rampant for days that he has agreed to a contract with GM Peter Chiarelli, be it for two or three years. Prior to joining the club, however, he must have a signed (negotiated) release from his Swedish team, Linkoping, and the Swedish National Team also must agree to let him leave prior to the upcoming World Championships ... Ilya Kovalchuk, sidelined by a nagging shoulder problem, is not expected to play for the Devils ... Patrice Bergeron, who suffered a concussion last Tuesday night, remains home in Boston and the Bruins have not offered a possible return date. NHL protocol calls for concussed players to remain out of action for a minimum one week. One of Bergeron's long-time pals noted on Monday that the veteran pivot was encouraged by an examination he had on Friday with noted concussion expert Dr. Robert Cantu."
Still no Ovaltinechuk, so pounce you still-slow-starting-Broohans. Governor "the Blimp" Christy, Jon Bon Jovi and "Bayonne bleeder" Chuck Wepner will in attendance to cheer on the Devils...no not really.
Oh yah Boston wins, the Frogs who hopped on down from Quebec can shut it cause the Broons will hop over the Smurfs for 1st.
Where's the Yeti already ?