Keys to Watch For In Tonight’s Devils Game Against Boston

By: David Kolb | @DavidKolbMSG

NEW JERSEY DEVILS (1-1-1) @ BOSTON BRUINS (2-1-0)

Tonight, the Devils try to make it two wins in a row, as they head north to Boston to face the Bruins at TD Garden. This will be the first of three games between the clubs this season and the first of two in Beantown. The Devils improved to 1-1-1 Tuesday, edging the Ducks, 2-1 while the Bruins crushed the Winnipeg Jets, 4-1,  Monday.

HALL POWER

Taylor Hall scored his first two goals of the season, picking up a pair of power-play goals Tuesday against the Ducks. The Devils’ prized offseason acquisition is expected to be one of the most prolific scorers on the Devils’ roster and will be needed to contribute tonight versus the offensive-minded Bruins to help pick up a road win.

PLAYING KEEP AWAY

Only former Ranger Dominic Moore has found the back of the net amongst the Bruins’ bottom-6 forwards. The Devils forwards, when on the ice against the Bruins top-6, should play a puck possession game, keeping the puck deep in the Boston end of the ice, to temper the Bruins’ top offensive threat’s scoring chances.

SCORING OUTAGE

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The Devils begin the day 30th in the NHL in scoring with five goals in three games. Four Devils’ skaters have lit the lamp so far,and their players with scoring prowess, including Michael Cammalleri and Adam Henrique need to score, particularly against potent clubs like the Bruins.

DON’T MESS WITH THE YOHANN

Devils rookie defenseman, Yohann Auvitu has been a great surprise and has produced an assist, ten shots on goal and is a plus-1 in his first three games of his NHL career. He’s averaged 17:24 of ice-time, and tonight he figures to play minutes across from some of the top Bruins forwards, including second-liners, David Krejci and David Backes.

KEY MATCHUP

Brad Marchand, has been red-hot through three games, tallying two goals and five assists for seven points. Devils captain Andy Greene, who leads the team in ice-time (20:48), will see plenty of ice tonight against the Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak line and will hope to keep the B’s biggest producers at bay.