47-17-5
4 -
Team 1 2 3
BOS 1 2 1
NJ 0 1 1
2
29-27-13

Bruins-Devils Preview

The Associated Press

The Boston Bruins are rolling, and Jarome Iginla is a big reason why.

Iginla looks to help the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins to a 10th straight win Tuesday night when they visit the New Jersey Devils.

Boston (46-17-5) has a five-point lead on Pittsburgh atop the East, and is four points behind St. Louis in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.

The Bruins have overtaken the Penguins thanks to a nine-game winning streak, during which they're averaging 4.11 goals.

Iginla has eight goals and three assists during that run, scoring five times in the past three contests. He had two goals for the second straight game Monday, leading Boston to a 4-1 victory over Minnesota.

The Bruins haven't won 10 in a row since November 2011, when they put together a 14-0-1 streak.

Iginla leads the team with 25 goals after signing with Boston during the offseason to replace departed free agent Nathan Horton on the top line.

"We lose a guy that we thought would be back for us, in Horton. That was a big hole to fill," coach Claude Julien said. "He's come in and filled that hole really well. You mention the stats, he brings us the same thing the other guy did with his size and scoring ability. He's done a great job.

"We're talking about a veteran here with tremendous leadership qualities. He's certainly been a great asset to our team."

Iginla scored one goal and assisted on two others before the Bruins surrendered three straight goals to New Jersey (29-26-13) in a 4-3 home loss Oct. 26.

A change of venue may suit Boston since it's won three straight and five of six on the road against the Devils.

Julien could come back with Tuukka Rask in the second of this back-to-back or start Chad Johnson. Rask, who made 33 saves Monday, is 6-0-0 with a 1.48 goals-against average during the win streak, while Johnson is 8-0-1 with a 2.00 GAA over his last nine starts.

"Our goaltending has been outstanding all year without question," Iginla said

Rask had a career-high seven-game winning streak Dec. 10, 2011-Jan. 16, 2012.

The same can't be said of the Devils, who are expected to opt for Martin Brodeur in net over Cory Schneider, as they attempt to cut into the five-point gap on the New York Rangers for the East's eighth and final playoff spot.

"We all know what's at stake," coach Peter DeBoer said.

Schneider seemed to wrest the starting job from the future Hall of Famer earlier this season, but he's back on the bench with a 5.08 GAA during a three-game losing streak.

Brodeur had his personal four-game winning streak halted in a 3-0 loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday.

"It's all about winning," Brodeur said. "It doesn't matter if I feel good in there. We didn't get the win. On a personal note, I was seeing the puck pretty good."

He was 0-7-2 with a 3.32 GAA in his past nine starts against the Bruins before making 25 stops in the October win.

Jaromir Jagr, who had two assists in that meeting, had a five-game point streak snapped Saturday.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • NHL Three Stars: Rakell, Kuznetsov two goal night; Russell's first with Oilers

      NHL Three Stars: Rakell, Kuznetsov two goal night; Russell's first with Oilers

      FEBRUARY 22: Willie Eldon O’Ree, known best for being the first black player in the National Hockey League, looks on during the national anthem before the game against the Boston Bruins on February 22, 2017 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. … More »

      Puck Daddy - 1 hour 49 minutes ago
    • Bruins move up freeway to take on Kings

      The Bruins (30-24-6) took their first loss in five games under interim coach Bruce Cassidy on Wednesday, dropping a 5-3 decision to the Anaheim Ducks. Boston remains one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for third place in Atlantic Division, and … More »

      AP - Sports - 1 hour 49 minutes ago
    • Rakell scores 2, Ducks halt Bruins' run

      Rakell scores 2, Ducks halt Bruins' run

      Rickard Rakell is perhaps the only Anaheim Ducks forward who should feel good about his offensive game lately, and even he was mired in a five-goal goalless streak when the surging Boston Bruins visited. Rakell came through with two scores in a … More »

      AP - Sports - 1 hour 50 minutes ago
    • For naturalized Dalton, the puck stops in South Korea

      For naturalized Dalton, the puck stops in South Korea

      Growing up in rural southern Ontario, Matt Dalton never figured that his career path in professional hockey would take him to South Korea. Dalton, along with a handful of other North American players, has acquired South Korean citizenship and is a … More »

      AP - Sports - 2 hours 12 minutes ago
    • Wednesday's Games

      Wednesday's Games … More »

      The Canadian Press - 3 hours ago