NHL Hockey

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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST22:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00 BRT, November 13, 2021
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey  Attendance: 16,514

Devils vie for fourth straight win in matinee vs. Bruins

Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils

  1. Seven of the eight games between the Bruins and Devils last season were decided by a one-goal margin, including two overtime games and two settled via a shootout. New Jersey won five times (all by one goal, including two 1-0 wins) and Boston three in a season series in which only 32 total goals were scored (4.0 per game).
  2. The Bruins are 1-4-0 on the road this season, with every game decided by a three-goal margin. Boston has more road losses by a three-goal margin this season (four) than it had in the entire 2020-21 season (three losses by three goals or more in 28 road games).
  3. Patrice Bergeron won 86.4% of his faceoffs against the Oilers last night (19 of 22). That's Bergeron's highest faceoff win percentage in one game in his 18-season NHL career (minimum: 20 faceoffs), and the highest mark by any NHL player since Oct. 6, 2018, when the Blues' Ryan O'Reilly won 87.0% of his draws (20 of 23) against Chicago.
  4. The Devils' last two games were a 7-3 win over Florida and a 4-0 victory against the Islanders. It's the first time the Devils won consecutive games by a four-goal (or bigger) margin since Feb. 26-28, 2009 (4-0 vs. Colorado, 7-2 vs. Florida).
  5. Rookie Dawson Mercer has tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) in the Devils' eight home games this season (and no points in their four road games). Mercer is tied with Pavel Zacha (5-3-8) for the team points lead on home ice.
  6. MacKenzie Blackwood made 42 saves in his 4-0 win against the Islanders on Thursday. It was the seventh shutout of Blackwood's NHL/Devils career and the third in which he faced at least 40 shots on goal. That's a Devils franchise record for 40-save shutouts by a goalie. Martin Brodeur had two such shutouts in his 21 seasons with New Jersey.

To defeat the New York Islanders on Thursday, the New Jersey Devils compensated for allowing 42 shots by receiving stellar goaltending while using their speed to their advantage.

It is a similar formula to what they used to beat the red-hot Florida Panthers on Tuesday. The Devils will be seeking their fourth straight win Saturday afternoon when they host the Boston Bruins in Newark, N.J.

New Jersey is seeking its first four-game winning streak since starting the 2018-19 season with four straight victories.

The current streak started with last Saturday's 3-2 shootout win against the San Jose Sharks. The Devils returned home to score 11 goals against the Panthers and Islanders in the next two games, doing so while allowing a combined 80 shots on goal.

New Jersey followed up its 7-3 victory over Florida by getting 42 saves from Mackenzie Blackwood in a 4-0 win over New York on Thursday. Blackwood made his third start following offseason heel surgery and could get the nod again Saturday.

Defenseman Dougie Hamilton recorded a goal and an assist in his return from a three-game absence due to a lower-body injury.

Rookie Dawson Mercer also scored, Janne Kuokkanen netted a shorthanded goal and Tomas Tatar had a power-play tally as 11 players registered at least one point on Thursday.

"We are playing fast and we are playing smart," Blackwood said. "Just the mentality that we have when we play -- to have the confidence not to get back on our heels and just keep getting pucks deep.

"Contrast that with last year, if we would get a lead or give up a goal, we played on our heels the rest of the game and they would be in our heads. I think we are playing the right way, with a lot of confidence. And that's a fun way to play."

The Bruins head to New Jersey with just three goals scored during a three-game road losing streak. The road skid is part of a 3-4-0 stretch during the past seven games.

On Thursday, the Bruins were unable to keep pace with the red-hot Edmonton Oilers in a 5-3 home loss. They allowed three goals in the third period.

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored but the Bruins saw their first two one-goal leads last for less than a minute before a mistake-filled third period.

"We absolutely beat ourselves, 100 percent," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "I've got to do a better job because ... when a team beats itself, that's on us as a staff. We've got to do a better job getting them ready to play and understanding the details of what it takes to win."

The Devils won five of the eight meetings last season, including recording a pair of overtime wins on home ice.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 12, 2021

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