The Boston Bruins  have taken points in four of their last five games and got another piece of good news at Thursday’s morning skate when the New Jersey Devils  announced that legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur  won’t be starting in net. Instead Brown University alum Yann Danis will earn his first start of the season. Brodeur had made all 10 starts for the Devils this season and sits with a 6-4 record along with a 2.58 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.
Danis hasn’t seen any action for the Devils this season, but was 10-17 with a 2.85 goals against average and a .910 save percentage for the New York Islanders  last winter. Tim Thomas  was first off the ice for the Bruins during morning skate, which indicates he’ll be getting the start for Boston.
–Look out for big glossy posters of Marc Savard  and Marco Sturm  sporting and showing off Winter Classic gear — including hats and T-shirts among other collectibles from the once in a lifetime hockey event — around TD Garden and the Bruins souvenir shop. Both players sat down for photo shoots hot on the heels of their Improper Bostonian photo session. Sadly, Chuck Kobasew  was also going to be included in the modeling photos, but that was nixed when the scrappy winger was traded to the Minnesota Wild  several weeks ago.
–The Bruins are intent on getting ugly and simplifying things with their still-struggling power play. Hopefully the B’s man advantage will get just as gruesome as the current numbers. The Bruins power play unit is 27th overall in the NHL  with a 15 percent success rate, and has allowed a painful three short-handed goals in only 10 games this season. Meanwhile the Devils are succeeding in 85 percent of their penalty kills on the road and are a perfect 5-0 away from the swamplands of New Jersey this season.
“The power play is a simple thing to do. It’s just more work,” said Derek Morris , who becomes a key figure on the man advantage with Marc Savard out of the mix. “We’ve just got to work harder than we have all year. Right now we’re losing too many battles and we need to get some shots from the point to establish that early.
“[Savard] has a real calming sense out there [on the power play]. There’s almost a sense like we can relax and get to our spots and get set because he’s going to make a great play with it. Maybe we were a little too relaxed without him, so we know now that we have to simplify. Make a few ugly plays and get it out to [Chara] or whoever to wind it up and shoot it.”