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Devils at Bruins preview, 11/15/10
Posted By DJ Bean On November 15, 2010 @ 5:14 pm In General | No Comments
Martin Brodeur  did not participate in the Devils’ optional morning skate on Monday, but he is expected to get the start in net on Monday night when the Devils take on the Bruins. Tim Thomas  was first off the ice in the Bruins’ morning skate, making a Brodeur-Thomas matchup likely. Thomas and the Bruins beat the Devils, 4-1, on Oct. 16 in New Jersey.
WHERE IT’S AT
– The Bruins are 2-4-1 in home games, and 2-3-1 at the Garden. They’ve scored just two goals over their last three home games, a span in which they have gone 0-2-1.
– The Devils are 4-5-0 on the road this season and 2-4-0 in their last six road games.
– Monday night will be Claude Julien’s 499th career game. He’s coached the majority of them (260) for the Bruins.
– In three home starts this season, Thomas has allowed three goals: two on Saturday against the Senators, and one in the home opener. He is 2-1-0 at home, including a shutout vs. the Maple Leafs on Oct. 28.
STORYLINES GOING IN
– Expect a bit of line shuffling for the Bruins. The merlot line/energy line/Shawn-Thornton-has-three-goals line was tinkered with, and the tweaked result is now the third line. Michael Ryder  replaces Thornton on the right wing, and the third line now appears to be Gregory Campbell  between Brad Marchand  and Ryder.
The move also allows Tyler Seguin  to resume the role of the fourth line center, though Julien said Monday that he’s not afraid to use him late in games in which the team needs a goal given his natural ability. Here are what the lines could look like:
Lucic – Bergeron – Horton
Caron – Wheeler – Recchi
Marchand – Campbell – Ryder
Paille – Seguin – Thornton
Chara – Ference
Hunwick – Seidenberg
Stuart – McQuaid
The move, at face value at least, also makes things worse on Seguin given that he and Ryder had a very apparent chemistry on the ice, seemingly always connecting on gutsy passes.
– It is Military Appreciation Night here at the Garden. Both Mark Stuart  and Blake Wheeler  have purchased $5,000 in tickets to the game, which will be given to troops. It is Stuart’s second straight year of buying tickets for the troops.
– Until the Bruins prove capable of winning at home, the attention is going to be on their play at the Garden. Nathan Horton , despite playing one of his best games in a Bruins uniform against St. Louis, hasn’t picked up a point in any of the B’s last four games at the Garden.
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URLs in this post:
 Martin Brodeur: http://media.weei.com/hockey/martin-brodeur.htm
 Tim Thomas: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tim-thomas.htm
 Shawn Thornton: http://media.weei.com/hockey/shawn-thornton.htm
 Ilya Kovalchuk: http://media.weei.com/hockey/ilya-kovalchuk.htm
 Michael Ryder: http://media.weei.com/hockey/michael-ryder.htm
 Gregory Campbell: http://media.weei.com/hockey/gregory-campbell.htm
 Brad Marchand: http://media.weei.com/hockey/brad-marchand.htm
 Tyler Seguin: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tyler-seguin.htm
 Mark Stuart: http://media.weei.com/hockey/mark-stuart.htm
 Blake Wheeler: http://media.weei.com/hockey/blake-wheeler.htm
 Nathan Horton: http://media.weei.com/hockey/nathan-horton.htm
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