The Bruins will play the back end of their first back-to-back of this short season tonight at the TD Garden as they will host the New Jersey Devils (3-0-1 7 points). The B’s had a great victory last night in Carolina over the Hurricanes who they fell victim to four times last year.
Zdeno Chara had a monster game with a goal and two assists as Dougie Hamilton assisted on the game-winning goal on a beautiful feed to David Krejci. Tyler Seguin finally got his first goal on the year (ENG) while Anton Khudobin stepped in for Tuukka Rask and notched his first victory of the year. The B’s find themselves with nine points out of a possible 10 points to start the season.
Moments before last night’s game General Manager Peter Chiarelli held a press conference stating that Dougie Hamilton will remain with the team for the rest of the season and not return to juniors.
“I’ve informed Dougie Hamilton that he’ll be with us for the duration of the year,” Chiarelli said. “He was pretty happy to hear it, I’d suggested to him over the last few days that there was a real good chance to try and put his mind at ease. I told him today and he was happy to hear. He’ll be with us the remainder of the year and I wanted to inform the media of that.”
After the jump more storylines, line projections, linkage and tweets of interest
Gametime: 7:00 p.m.
T.V. /Radio: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
Location: TD Garden, Boston
Records: Bruins (4-0-1, 9 points), Devils (3-0-1, 7 points)
Bruins projected lines
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dougie Hamilton-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Devils projected lines
Stefan Matteau-Travis Zajac-Ilya Koyvalchuk
Dainius Zubrus-Patrik Elias-David Clarkson
Ryan Carter-Stephen Gionta-Steve Bernier
Mattias Tedenby-Jacob Josefson-Cam Janssen
Bryce Salvador-Anton Volchenkov
Henrik Tallinder-Marek Zidlicky
Andy Greene-Mark Fayne
Bruins to watch
It has only been five games into the season, but Dougie Hamilton is making a name for himself in the National Hockey League. He assisted on the game-winning goal last night in Carolina and has four assists on the year (three assists in last two games). Hamilton has been seeing a lot of ice time on the power-play and penalty kill. He has been paired with Seidenberg, but sometimes you see him on the ice with Zdeno Chara. Hamilton has been the real deal this season. His poise and vision have been two attributes that have been outstanding.
Head coach Claude Julien cannot say enough about his young defensemen.
“I think that is why our front office guys drafted him,” Julien said. “They saw a lot of things we’re seeing right now. We liked his size, we liked the way he moved on the ice, but at the same time, we thought he had real hockey sense.”
Devils to watch
Left winger Patrik Elias has had a nice start to the season notching two goals while adding four assists in four games played. The Bruins will need to account for him at all times on the ice.
Also, Zdeno Chara and the gang cannot forget about Ilya Kovalchuk who has two goals and three assists in four games. Kovalchuk is very dangerous and can light the lamp at anytime so Chara, Hamilton, Seidenberg, McQuaid, Ference and Boychuk must be physical and you don’t have to tell them twice about that.
CSNNE Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty tells us what led to the Bergeron/Skinner fight last night.
New England Hockey Journal’s Jesse Connolly shares his take on last night’s win in Carolina.
Dougie Hamilton will stay with Bruins. (Fluto Shinzawa/Boston Globe)
Bruins Daily’s own Tim Rosenthal touches on Trent Whitfield’s weekend as AHL All-Star Captain
Devils Blog Fire & Ice has line change updates on the Devils side.
Inlouwetrust.com previews tonight’s match-up.
Devils head coach Pete DeBoer touches on the teams’ first period struggles.