New Jersey visits Boston on 8-game road skid
New Jersey Devils (24-37-5, seventh in the Metropolitan) vs. Boston Bruins (41-20-5, fourth in the Atlantic)
Boston; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: New Jersey hits the road against Boston looking to stop its eight-game road losing streak.
The Bruins are 22-12-2 in Eastern Conference games. Boston averages 9.6 penalty minutes per game, the ninth-most in the league. Brad Marchand leads the team serving 81 total minutes.
The Devils are 15-21-3 in conference play. New Jersey is ninth in the Eastern Conference averaging 3.0 goals per game, led by Jack Hughes with 24.
In their last meeting on Jan. 4, Boston won 5-3.
TOP PERFORMERS: David Pastrnak leads the Bruins with 38 goals and has 68 points. Charlie Coyle has two goals and nine assists over the last 10 games for Boston.
Jesper Bratt has 65 total points while scoring 22 goals and totaling 43 assists for the Devils. Hughes has seven goals over the last 10 games for New Jersey.
LAST 10 GAMES: Bruins: 7-2-1, averaging 3.3 goals, 6.3 assists, 4.4 penalties and 10.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .902 save percentage.
Devils: 4-6-0, averaging three goals, 4.9 assists, 2.5 penalties and 5.6 penalty minutes while giving up 3.5 goals per game with an .891 save percentage.
INJURIES: Bruins: None listed.
Devils: Pavel Zacha: day to day (upper-body).