Devils Send Players to Binghamton

As expected, the Devils made some cuts today, sending 16 players to the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League. In addition, four players were placed on waivers.

To the AHL go goalies Evan Cormier and Gilles Senn. Defensemen sent down are Michael Paliotta, Colby Sissons and Colton White. The forwards are: Joey Anderson, Brandon Gignac, Ludvig Larsson, Mikhail Maltsev, Nikita Popugaev, Ryan Schmelzer, Brett Seney, Yegor Sharangovich, Blake Speers, Marian Studenic and Fabian Zetterlund.

The four players put on waivers were forwards Brandon Baddock and Ben Street and defensemen Josh Jacobs and Dakota Mermis. Should they clear by noon tomorrow, without another team claiming them, they will be assigned to Binghamton as well.

Preseason: Devils Get by Islanders 4-3

The Devils edged out a win over the New York Islanders tonight on the strength of two Jesper Boqvist power play goals. They downed the Isles 4-3.

Boqvist got the scoring kicked off when he scored just 2:39 into the game. This came on a power play set up by Ross Johnston cross checking Sami Vatanen at 2:10 of the first period. Boqvist got an assist from Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt had the secondary.

Before the first frame was up, though, the Islanders, in what would become a trend all night, tied it up. Leo Komarov scored from Noah Dobson and Adam Pelech at 14:25. That made it 1-1 going into the first intermission.

The Devils would come out of the second period with a 3-2 lead.

First, Nikita Gusev continued to impress, scoring from Hischier (who ended up with three assists on the night and the first star of the night) to make it 2-1 at 8:31 of the second.

Mat Barzal would knot it at two apiece when he scored at 10:19 from Thomas Hickey and Jordan Eberle.

Will Butcher gave the Devils the 3-2 edge, scoring at 16:50 of the second from Hischier and Gusev.

In the third period, Otto Koivula scored 5:59 in to tie things at three for the Isles. Tom Kuhnhackl had the lone assist on that one.

When Jared Coreau – the Isles’ goalie – was called for a hold at 15:47, the Devils power play went back to work. It was again Boqvist who scored at 15:57 from Butcher and Bratt to nail the game winner, making it 4-3.

Cory Schneider, who went the distance and made 42 saves on 45 Islander shots, held down the fort in the end and the Devils got their fourth victory of the preseason.

For the Isles, Thomas Greiss made eight saves on 11 shots faced while Coreau stopped nine of ten. The Devils finished the game with 21 shots on goal.

The Devils’ strength was special teams in this game, going 2-for-4 on the power play with four shots while keeping New York 0-for-2 on the man advantage with seven shots allowed.

Another key for the Devils was faceoffs. They won 56-percent of the draws in the game. Other than that, hits were even at 18 apiece. The Islanders had more blocked shots at nine to the Devils’ seven and the Devils had 12 giveaways to the Isles’ three. A typically good defensive game from Barry Trotz’ squad.

Individually, Sami Vatanen led in time on ice with 20:06 while Boqvist led the forwards with 18:07. Hischier and Gusev were both a plus-2 plus/minus while Boqvist led in shots on goal with four. John Hayden led the hit parade with four while Brandon Baddock led in blocks with three. Kevin Rooney led in takeaways with two.

Next up, the Devils will probably trim down their roster on Sunday or so and then play at Boston on Wednesday. We will have something up about both events then.

Preseason: Devils Down Rangers for Second Time

It might just be preseason and the Rangers might have been icing a weaker squad than the Devils (only seven regulars in the lineup total), but it always feels sweet. The Devils beat the Rangers 4-2 at Prudential Center tonight for their third win in the warmup to the 2019-20 season.

To begin with, the Devils had some big guns back in the lineup. Taylor Hall saw his first action since December of 2018 – he played on a line with Jack Hughes and Kyle Palmieri. Wayne Simmonds made his Devils debut in addition. Although Hughes was in the lineup for New Jersey, Kaapo Kakko was not for the Rangers, so their first head-to-head meeting will have to wait for the regular season.

And it was Hughes who got things kicked off for us just 34 seconds into the game. PK Subban helped force a Rangers turnover and Hall picked the puck up. He headmanned it to Hughes who cut in all alone in the New York zone. Hughes got in behind the Rangers defense, who got caught in a change and zoned in on Henrik Lundqvist. He shot five-hole and beat the Ranger goalie to make it 1-0 Devils.

At 11:04 of the first, New York’s Ryan Strome was called for delay of game trying to clear the puck accidently over the glass. This put the Devils on the power play and Hall would capitalize. Hughes made a nice feed to him at the circle and he wristed one over Lundqvist’s glove side to make it 2-0. Kyle Palmieri had the secondary assist on the goal, which came at 11:55.

The power play looked especially good for the Devils, even though they ended up only 1-for-7. They tallied ten shots. The Rangers went 1-for-3 with a single shot (on which they scored).

Simmonds made his mark early, getting into a scrap with Ryan Lindgren at 14:07 of the first. He also drew an extra two on that one for a cross-check, but that was killed off by the Devils.

Before the end of the first, Blake Coleman would make it 3-0 Devils. New Jersey created a turnover on the forecheck and Travis Zajac got the puck to Coleman, who had just jumped on the ice and was trailing the play. He shot and beat Lundqvist to triple the Devils’ lead. The goal came at the 18:00 mark of the first.

But the Rangers would grab one back in the second when Brett Howden won a faceoff deep in the Devils’ zone. Pavel Buchnevich got the puck to Mackenzie Blackwood in net and Vladislav Namestnikov grabbed the rebound and scored to make it 3-1 just 3:49 into the middle frame.

After this goal, the Rangers pulled Lundqvist in favor of Adam Huska. Blackwood played the whole game for the Devils. He was mostly sharp and got some help from both posts early in the third period when New York’s Vinni Lettieri clanged the puck off of both pipes on a shot that beat Blackwood clean.

Michael McLeod would restore the Devils’ three goal lead when, late in the second, he was sprung by Subban, cut in on the New York net and beat Huska five-hole. That goal came at 13:59 of the second and made it 4-1 Devils.

The Devils had a 5-on-3 power play early in the first when Michael Haley was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and Joey Keane shot the puck over the glass, resulting in a delay of game penalty. Huska held fort for New York at that point and the Rangers killed it off.

There was a lengthy delay midway through the third period when a pane of glass behind the Rangers’ net was broken and needed to be fixed by the maintenance crew.

Once we got back to action, McLeod was called for interference at 14:39 and the Rangers were on the power play. Howden took advantage of this one when he redirected a Joe Morrow shot by Blackwood. This cut the Devils’ lead in half to 4-2, which would be our final.

For the second time this preseason, Jack Hughes was named the game’s number one star. He was also the first star in Monday’s home game against Boston.

The Devils outshot the Rangers 40-23. Blackwood made 21 saves while the Rangers’ goaltenders combined for 36.

The Devils also won 57-percent of the game’s faceoffs, but were outhit 27-17. New York also had more blocked shots at 13 to the Devils’ eight and New Jersey had 11 giveaways to the Rangers’ three.

Subban led all New Jersey skaters with 23:06 of ice time. Hall led the forwards with 18:08. Zajac, Coleman, Palmieri, McLeod, Brandon Gignac, Marian Studenic, Matt Tennyson, Dakota Mermis, Josh Jackobs and Subban were all a plus-1. Subban was a force, leading in shots on goal with six and hits with three. Andy Greene had two blocked shots and Joey Anderson, Simmonds, Zajac, Coleman, Ben Street, Gignac, Hughes, Greene, Tennyson and Jacobs all had a takeaway.

Next up, the Devils will remain home to take on the Islanders in further preseason action tomorrow. I will actually be attending this game, but I will try to get something up later in the evening.

HBSE Names Jake Reynolds Devils President

Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the Devils, has named a new team president for the Devils. Jake Reynolds will take over, effective immediately, from Hugh Weber, who “will assume an elevated leadership role within HBSE” according to the press release put out by the team.

Reynolds will be responsible for “all business, revenue, strategy and operations of the Devils” and “will work alongside Ray Shero, Devils Executive Vice President/General Manger.”

Reynolds previously worked in HBSE as Chief Revenue Officer. He oversaw that role for both the Devils and the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. He has worked within HBSE for seven years, “achieving league-leading positions in all metrics related to customer service, ticket sales and season ticket member growth and retention” for the Sixers. According to the press release, the 76ers also broke all-time franchise records in fan attendance and ticket sales during the 2018-19 season when he was working with them.

He previously worked for Monumental Sports & Entertainment, holding “a senior management position” for the Washington Wizards of the NBA, the Washington Capitals, the Washington Mystics of the WNBA as well as Georgetown Men’s Basketball.

Reynolds will now be based in Newark and will assist Shero “in re-building the three-time Stanley Cup-winning franchise.” The press release also says that Reynolds and Chris Heck – president of the Sixers – “will report directly to Weber” in the HBSE hierarchy.

Scott O’Neil, HBSE CEO said: “Given the continued expansion of our organization, this was an opportune time to lift two incredible and deserving executives into bigger and wider roles. Both Jake and Hugh are tremendous leaders possessing a wide array of experience and expertise across the sports and entertainment ecosystem. This plan empowers a world class executive in Hugh Weber to focus on the continued exponential growth of our core business, while Jake Reynolds brings his signature expertise in culture building and laser-focus on innovation to drive our business forward with the greatest upside.”

Preseason: Devils Edge Rangers, 4-3

The Devils rolled into Manhattan for their third preseason game of 2019 to take on the Rangers. While it might still only be preseason, the rivalry is still strong and any Devils fan worth their salt would want to see the Devils come out on top.

One of the subtexts now, of course, is Kaapo Kakko versus Jack Hughes. Unfortunately, Hughes was out of the lineup for the Devils tonight as management and the coaching staff had to rotate other guys in to get a look at.

In another move, this time on the ice, Sami Vatanen was moved back to his natural right side after playing the left side versus Boston on Monday when he was paired with PK Subban. Subban, too, did not play tonight.

The Devils kicked things off scoring in the first minute and the final minute of the first period. The early goal came just 37 seconds in and was all Nico Hischier. Nico banked the puck off the far half wall to Vatanen at the point. Vatanen went D-to-D with Will Butcher who shot. Nico then tipped the puck by Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev to make it 1-0 Devils.

The goal in the final minute (with four seconds remaining on the clock) was a real beauty that you owe it to yourself to look up on the NHL website. It came from Mikhail Maltsev unassisted. Maltsev was in hard on the forecheck, intercepting the puck and getting tripped up for his troubles. He collected the puck from his knees, used his strength to get to his feet and scored around Georgiev. That gave the Devils a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

In between those goals were a few scraps. The first came at the 6:36 mark and saw Brandon Baddock of the Devils take on Michael Haley. Haley had gone after Connor Carrick and Baddock stood up for his teammate by going toe-to-toe with Haley.

The second fight came after Nick Jones of the Rangers went low on John Hayden on a hit along the boards. Kevin Rooney stepped up to take him on.

Another key of the first period was the Rangers’ power play. Really, all night, they peppered Devils goaltending (and the posts) with shots. They wound up 1-for-4 on the man advantage with 12 shots. The Devils were 0-for-1 with four shots.

The Rangers’ big free agent signing, Artemi Panarin got them on the board 7:33 into the second on the power play. New York won the faceoff in the Devils’ zone, worked the puck around the perimeter, getting it to Panarin who just blasted a shot by Cory Schneider. Jacob Trouba and Kakko had the assists. That cut the Devils’ lead to 2-1.

Panarin would leave the game later on with a mild groin strain. He did not return.

But the Devils would get that one back when their own Russian import scored on a 2-on-1 with Baddock. Baddock skated around Brady Skjei, who made a cardinal mistake as a defenseman by leaving his feet trying to play the 2-on-1. Baddock calmly passed around him, getting it to Nikita Gusev, who tipped the puck by Georgiev to make it 3-1 Devils. Vatanen had the secondary assist.

Following that goal, which came at roughly the midway point of the game, the Rangers pulled Georgiev in favor of Igor Shesterkin to give him some minutes.

Haley would get the Rangers within one again when he scored at 12:36 of the second. The goal came after miscommunication between Cory and the defense left the goalie behind the goal cage on a hard around. Haley grabbed the loose puck and calmly put it into the open net. Greg McKegg had the lone assist for that goal. It was now 3-2.

The Devils would get their game winner just 3:55 into the third period. Brett Seney scored on a goal mouth scramble as the Devils drove hard to the net. That made it 4-2.

The Rangers would get one more when Boo Nieves threw the puck in front. Lias Andersson collected the puck with his skate and fired it past Evan Cormier (who had come in for the Devils to play the third). Vitali Kravtsov had the other assist on that goal, which gave us our final of 4-3.

The Rangers would pull Shesterkin with about 2:14 to play, but to no avail as the Devils were able to escape from New York with a 4-3 victory.

The Rangers threw a total of 42 shots at New Jersey goaltending. Schneider stopped 27 of the 29 he saw while Cormier was 12-for-13. The Devils managed 24 shots on Ranger goaltending.

The Devils did their damage in the faceoff circle, winning 52-percent of the draws. They were outhit 27-25, but had more blocked shots at 15 to the Rangers’ nine. The giveaways were about even, with the Rangers having 15 to the Devils’ 14.

Individually, Will Butcher led all Devils in ice time with 22:39 while Nico Hischier led the forwards with 19:59. Gusev, Butcher and Vatanen were all a plus-3 to lead that category. Hischier led in shots with three while Hayden led in hits with five. Hayden also led in hits with four. Two defensemen led in takeaways with two, Damon Severson and Vatanen.

Next up for the Devils, it’s these same New York Rangers, this time at Prudential Center on Friday. We will see you then.

Devils Make First Round of Roster Cuts

The Devils made their first round of cuts to their training camp roster, sending five players back to their junior teams and one to Binghamton of the AHL.

Forwards Mitchell Hoelscher and Graeme Clarke and defenseman Nikita Okhotyuk were all sent back to the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League.

Defenseman Xavier Bernard was sent to the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL and defenseman Michael Vukojevic was sent to the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.

Goaltender Akira Schmid was sent back to the Omaha Lancers of the USHL.

Goalie Eamon McAdam was sent to the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League. He will report to their training camp when it opens.

The Devils will play their next preseason game on Wednesday at the Rangers from Madison Square Garden.

Preseason: Devils Beat Bruins in OT; Lose to Habs

The Devils opened the 2019 preseason tonight with a split squad set of games. Half of the team was in Newark playing the Bruins, winning in overtime 4-3 while the other half was up in Montreal and lost 4-2.

We’ll start with the Montreal loss. The Devils sent some relatively weaker star power north of the border, as Jack Hughes and PK Subban were making their Devils debuts at Prudential Center.

Artturi Lehkonen and Nate Thompson scored in the first period while Will Butcher (from Michael McLeod and Damon Severson) added a power play goal for the Devils to make it 2-1 after one.

Michael McLeod tied things just 1:55 into the third at two apiece. He got assists from Brett Seney and Dakota Mermis. But Jake Evans scored shorthanded for the Canadiens and Nick Cousins scored with less than a minute remaining to ice it 4-2 for the Habs.

Carey Price made eight saves on nine shots faced while Cayden Primeau stopped 16 of 17 for Montreal. The Devils had a total of 26 shots. For the Devils, Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 11 of 13 while Evan Cormier was equal to 11 of the 12 he faced. Montreal also had 26 shots on net.

Special teams-wise, the Devils were 1-for-6 on the power play and held the Canadiens 0-for-2 with the man advantage.

Montreal won 57-percent of the game’s faceoffs and the Devils outhit the Habs 30-28. Both teams had 14 blocked shots.

For the Devils, Seney, Colton White and Matt Tennyson were all a plus-1 to lead the plus/minus, Kyle Palmieri led in shots with four. John Hayden, in his Devils debut, led in hits with six and Tennyson led in blocks with three. Kevin Rooney, Brandon Gignac, White and Severson each had one takeaway.

Total ice time was led by Severson with 24:06 while Blake Coleman led the forwards with 21:41.

Meanwhile, back in New Jersey, we mentioned that some Devils stars were appearing at The Rock. Who was missing was Wayne Simmonds (out with a lower body injury, day-to-day according to Matt Loughlin) and Taylor Hall. Simmonds was likely a precautionary measure while Hall has already stated that he will likely play in only one or two preseason games – most definitely the final one or two. Ryan Schmelzer was in for Simmonds tonight.

The Devils thrilled the home fans by pulling this one out in OT. Oskar Steen got the Bruins on the board first. He snapped a shot by Cory Schneider just as he was gaining entry into the Devils’ zone early in the second period.

Midway through the second, Boston switched their goalies out, as Kyle Keyser (who stopped all 17 shots he saw) gave way to Dan Vladar.

But it was number one overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, Jack Hughes, who would tie things up. Hughes scored on the power play late in the second to make it 1-1. Ty Smith made a nice play to keep the puck in the Boston zone and Hughes sniped a shot from the far circle. Sami Vatanen and Smith had the assists.

For the third period, Gilles Senn came on in relief for Schneider. Jesper Bratt would give the Devils the early 2-1 lead. He shot off the rush, coming up the right wing boards and beat Vladar. Vatanen had the lone assist on the goal, his second of the night.

Senn made a nice save on Steen right after the goal on, but Boston would end up getting their equalizer. Chris Wagner scored through a mass of players in front of the Devils’ net. The Devils got caught in their own end with some sloppy defensive play and they paid for it here.

So with the score tied at two, we would get some 4-on-4 play as Miles Wood and a Boston player went off with matching minors.

On the ensuing 4-on-4, Jesper Bratt faked a shot from the shot, making a nice slap pass to Connor Carrick along the far boards. He fired from the top of the circle and beat Vladar to make it 3-2 Devils.

Almost immediately following that goal, PK Subban had his pocket picked along the Bruins’ blue line and Senn had to stop a breakaway.

He turned that aside, but Boston would tie it up with less than a minute left when they pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker. Jack Studnicka scored to make it 3-3 and force an overtime period.

The Devils started OT with Jack Hughes, PK Subban and Nikita Gusev: firepower that they did not possess prior to this offseason. Just mere moments into the extra session, the Devils gained control of the puck, as Hughes grabbed it and was off to the races with Gusev.

Hughes made a drop pass to Gusev just inside the Boston blue line and Gusev shot as Hughes cut to the net. Jack then grabbed the rebound and put it home for the game-winner.

Although it was the Devils’ big guns playing against a weaker Bruins’ lineup, this was a nice win. Also nice to see Hughes come away with a pair of goals.

Splitting the night was a great result for the Devils and we will see you again on Wednesday as the Devils travel to the Garden to take on the Rangers. This one is on traditional TV, as the game is being broadcast by MSG Network rather than streamed like the Boston game was.

NHLPA Declines Reopening CBA

The National Hockey League Players’ Association has declined to reopen the current NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.

According to an article on the NHL website, the “10-year agreement that was ratified in January 2013 will remain scheduled to expire Sept. 15, 2022.”

The league had a September 1 “deadline to make its decision” and “announced Aug. 30 it would not reopen the agreement. The NHLPA had until Monday to decide.”

Don Fehr, the NHLPA executive director said that “while players have concerns with the current CBA, we agree with the League that working together to address those concerns is the preferred course of action instead of terminating the agreement following this season. We have been having discussions with the League about an extension of the CBA and expect that those talks will continue.”

If either the NHL or the NHLPA had opted to reopen the CBA, it would have expired September 15, 2020.

Gary Bettman said: “we are pleased with the NHL Players’ Association’s decision not to reopen the Collective Bargaining Agreement. We look forward to continuing to work with the NHLPA for the benefit of all stakeholders, especially our fans.”

According to the article on, the two sides have met “regularly throughout the offseason to discuss a possible extension and plan to continue meeting. Each side has said talks have been productive and cordial.”

The article then mentions the 1994-95, 2004-05 and 2012-13 season lockouts, including losing the entire 2004-05 season to a work stoppage. That was the only (to date) time that that has happened in a major North American sports league.

In other news, tonight the Devils have two split squad preseason games (home against Boston and away at Montreal). We will try to have some coverage of those games for you right here.

Devils Announce Theme Nights for 2019-20

The Devils today announced theme nights for the 2019-20 regular season. There are some old returning favorites and some new ones in the mix.

October 4 is opening night against the Winnipeg Jets. Fans in attendance will receive a light up bracelet (similar to the ones Flyers fans threw on the ice during the playoffs a few seasons ago, I would imagine). Let’s just hope things go well for the Devils here.

On Monday, October 14, the Devils will host the Florida Panthers in a 1 PM matinee. This will be Kids Day, a promotion done a few times last season that will return.

The Rangers come into Prudential Center on Thursday, October 17 that will be Thursday Night Hockey. Not really sure what differentiates Thursday night from the other four days of the week that they play hockey, but there you go.

Friday, November 15 is Military Appreciation Night. The first 9,000 fans in attendance will receive a camouflage Devils hat.

Saturday, November 23 sees the Detroit Red Wings come to town and the Devils hold their annual Hockey Fights Cancer night. The league-wide initiative continues for the 21st season.

On Friday, December 6, the Chicago Blackhawks will be the opponent as the Devils host their Star Wars Night. The first 9,000 fans will get a Jack Hughes Jedi bobblehead. The bobbleheads are always popular giveaways and this one should be no different.

Tuesday, January 7 is Retro Night against the Islanders. Most likely, the Devils’ red, white and green jerseys will be making an appearance.

Another Thursday Night Hockey comes to us on January 30 against the Nashville Predators.

Saturday, February 1 is a good one, as the Dallas Stars come to Newark to help the Devils celebrate 2000 Cup Night. The first 9,000 fans will be given a replica championship ring based on that of the 2000 champs. The Stars were, of course, the team the Devils defeated to take home the Stanley Cup twenty years prior in 2000.

Sunday, February 16 is WWE Night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The first 9,000 fans will receive a PK Subban “Subbanator” bobblehead. PK’s pro wrestling-style alter ego will be on display as a bobblehead that should be another big giveaway.

Yet another Thursday Night Hockey game comes to us on February 20 against the San Jose Sharks.

The Washington Capitals come to town on Saturday, February 22 at 1 PM in what is another Kids Day.

Video Games will be celebrated on Friday, March 5 when the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues come into Prudential Center. This seems like a good night to celebrate PK Subban’s close connection to the EA Sports NHL series, but also all video games both modern and retro.

Two more Thursday Night Hockey games come on March 12 against the Carolina Hurricanes and on March 19 against the Calgary Flames.

Another Kids Day will take place on Saturday, March 28 at 2 PM against the Flyers.

And finally, Thursday, April 2 will be Fan Appreciation Night against the Buffalo Sabres. Hopefully, the Devils will be looking at playoff hockey to really show appreciation to those who support them.

Devils Announce Training Camp Roster

Training camp opens today for the Devils and they have announced their roster that will be attending.

In addition to established NHLers like Taylor Hall and Travis Zajac, who already have spots there are a lot of rookies competing for other spots.

The goalies attending include Cory Schneider, Mackenzie Blackwood, Akira Schmid, Gilles Senn, Evan Cormier and Eamon McAdam.

Defensemen include Colton White, Connor Carrick, Andy Greene, Matt Tennyson, Will Butcher, Ty Smith, Mirco Mueller, Damon Severson, Michael Paliotta, Josh Jacobs, Sami Vatanen, Julian Melchiori, Dakota Mermis, Xavier Bernard, Colby Sissons, Jeremy Groleau, PK Subban, Michael Vukojevic, Nikita Okhotyuk and Brian Strait.

The forwards are: Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier, Joey Anderson, John Hayden, Kevin Rooney, Wayne Simmonds, Travis Zajac, Blake Coleman, Kyle Palmieri, Brandon Baddock, Ben Street, the newly re-signed Pavel Zacha, Michael McLeod, Nathan Bastian, Brett Seney, Miles Wood, Blake Speers, Brandon Gignac, Yegor Sharangovich, Mitchell Hoelscher, Fabian Zetterlund, Jesper Bratt, Marian Studenic, Nikita Popugaev, Mikhail Maltsev, Ludvig Larsson (who got an invite solely based on his performance at the Prospects Challenge, reportedly), Ryan Schmelzer, Jack Hughes, Jesper Boqvist, Graeme Clarke and Nikita Gusev.

The Devils will play their first preseason game on Monday at home against the Bruins.