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Saturday, October 26th (All times Eastern)

New Jersey Devils (1-5-4) at Boston Bruins (7-2-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins take aim at an eighth straight victory over the struggling New Jersey Devils on Saturday night when the two clubs clash at TD Bank Garden.

The Bruins have not suffered a loss to the Devils since a 3-2 setback in New Jersey on April 10. 2011, winning seven straight and 11 of the previous 12 encounters overall. They have also won six in a row at home in this series following New Jersey's last victory in Boston on Nov. 27, 2009.

This matchup would seem to be tilted towards the Bruins tonight. Not only are the Bruins 7-2-0 on the season compared to the Devils' mark of 1-5-4, but Boston is coming off a 2-1 win over San Jose on Thursday that was the Sharks' first in regulation this season.

David Krejci put home a clutch goal with just 0.8 seconds left in regulation, scoring off the rebound of a shot by Adam McQuaid.

"It was a lucky goal," said Krejci. "I tried to get a stick on it and it worked this time."

Jarome Iginla scored his first goal of the season, off an assist from Krejci, while Tuukka Rask stopped 38 shots in the Bruins' fourth straight victory.

Boston played without forward Loui Eriksson, who is out indefinitely due to a concussion suffered on a hit to the head versus Buffalo on Wednesday, and was outshot 39-17 in the game.

Rask should get the call tonight and is 3-1-2 with a 1.01 goals against average and two shutouts in seven career meetings with the Devils, including five starts.

The Devils have lost two straight since winning their only game of the season on Oct. 19 versus the New York Rangers. New Jersey is coming off Thursday's 3-2 shootout setback to the Vancouver Canucks.

Facing his former team for the second time this season, Cory Schneider yielded a pair of goals on 21 shots and also allowed the only tally of the shootout.

"No disrespect to Vancouver but I thought I kind of gave them two goals there," Schneider said. "It's my fault we lost the point tonight."

Patrik Elias, who had missed the previous two games with flu-like symptoms, scored and Eric Gelinas added his first career goal. The rookie defenseman was in the lineup to replace captain Bryce Salvador, who returned home to Alberta following a death in the family.

New Jersey, which is 0-5-2 on the road, is expected to go with Martin Brodeur in net tonight. However, the future Hall of Famer has not beaten the Bruins since March, 2010 and is 0-7-2 in the last nine encounters with a 3.31 GAA.

10/26 10:31:21 ET

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Monday, April 21Full Scoreboard
Pittsburgh 4/21 7:00 PM ET
Columbus NBCSN, CBC, ROOT, FSN-OH
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three. Series tied, 1-1.
Colorado 4/21 7:00 PM ET
Minnesota TSN, NHL Net, Altitude
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three. Colorado leads series, 2-0.
St. Louis 4/21 8:30 PM ET
Chicago CNBC, CBC, FSN-MW, CSN
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three. St. Louis leads series, 2-0.
Anaheim 4/21 9:30 PM ET
Dallas NBCSN, TSN, RDS
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three. Anaheim leads series, 2-0.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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