New Jersey Devils Game 13 Preview: vs. Boston Bruins

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 11: Mackenzie Blackwood #29 of the New Jersey Devils is congratulated by teammates Tomas Tatar #90,P.K. Subban #76 and Ty Smith #24 after the Devils shutout the New York Islanders at Prudential Center on November 11, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. The New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Islanders 4-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils are coming off an impressive pair of victories as the Boston Bruins come to the Prudential Center.

Tale of the Tape

Record: 7-3-2 (16 points, 5th in Metro)

The Opponent: Boston Bruins (6-5-0) – FHN Blog: Black & Gold Garden

Puckdrop: 1:00 PM ET

Venue: Prudential Center

Expected Goaltenders: Mackenzie Blackwood (2-0-1) vs. Jeremy Swayman (3-2-0)

Television Broadcasts: MSG+, NESN, NHLN

Boston Bruins

The Bruins have had their fair share of struggles to start the season. Boston dropped their most recent game against the Edmonton Oilers and has lost two of their last three contests.

In their last game, the Bruins fell victim to a poor third period that saw the Oilers net three goals including a pair from NHL goals leader Leon Draisaitl. On a positive note, Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, and Matt Grzelcyk all recorded multiple points for Boston.

Goaltender Jeremy Swayman will get the start in New Jersey. Today’s game will be the University of Maine product’s 6th start of the season and the 16th start of his career.

So far this year, Swayman carries a 3-2-0 record with an impressive 2.22 GAA and a .906 save percentage. The promising 22-year-old Alaskan has a 1.74 GAA and .933 GAA in his young career.

New Jersey Devils

The Devils followed up an impressive win against the Florida Panthers with an even more impressive 4-0 shutout over the New York Islanders.

The scoring started in the first period with a shorthanded goal by Janne Kuokkanen. Tomas Tatar, Dawson Mercer and Dougie Hamilton also joined in on the scoring but Kuokkanen’s third goal of the season proved to be enough thanks to an unbelievable showing by goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood.

Blackwood stopped 42 shots to record his first shutout of the season and 7th of his career. After starting the year with three impressive starts, Blackwood is expected to get the start again today.

This game against Boston is a significant measuring stick for a young Devils team. This veteran Bruins team has been among the NHL’s best for the last decade and, hopefully, another strong showing by the Devils can push their win streak to four games.

Player to Watch: Tomas Tatar

Forward Tomas Tatar was signed in the offseason to bring another scoring element to the team. After a tough start to the season, Tatar now has points in his last two games and netted his first goal as a Devil in the victory over the Islanders.

With Tatar starting to get rolling, he provides another scoring source that the Devils need without Jack Hughes in the lineup. Expect Tatar to stay hot today and record, at least, another point against Boston.

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