Preview: Devils at Bruins
Thursday, 12.13.2007 / 7:00 PM
New Jersey Devils
newjerseydevils.com – The Devils are still looking for their first 'W' since their nine-game winning streak ended two games ago.
They can get it against one of the teams they beat during their season-high victory run, when they visit the Boston Bruins tonight at the TD Banknorth Garden (7 p.m., MSG, WFAN 660 AM) to close out a three-game road trip.
The Bruins have dropped seven of their last nine games against the Devils (16-11-3), including a 4-3 overtime defeat at Prudential Center on Dec. 5, when Patrik Elias scored the game-winner.
That contest was the eighth of a 10-game point streak for New Jersey, which saw its 9-0-1 run end Monday with a 3-2 defeat at Washington - one night after a 1-0 overtime loss at the Rangers that ended the Devils' winning streak.
John Madden gave the Devils a 1-0 lead in the first period at Verizon Center, but the Caps scored three straight times to hand the Devils just their third regulation defeat when netting the first goal (11-3-1).
Kevin Weekes got his fourth start of the season, and made eight of his 21 saves in the second period, when New Jersey was outshot 10-2.
Boston is riding the hot play of recent acquisition Alex Auld, who is undefeated in three starts as a Bruin.
The Bruins (17-10-3) acquired Auld from Phoenix last Thursday after Tim Thomas injured his groin against the Devils one night earlier. Boston was already without goalie Manny Fernandez, who had knee surgery on Wednesday and could be sidelined for the rest of the season.
Thomas is expected to return soon, but Auld recorded his third straight win with a 5-3 victory over Atlanta on Wednesday night, when he stopped 23 of 26 shots.
Auld struggled to a 3-6-0 record and a 3.54 goals-against average in nine games for Phoenix, but has allowed just five goals in his three starts since joining Boston.
The Bruins' win on Wednesday win completed a perfect three-game road trip and was their 10th victory in the last 15 games.