Devils Versus Docile Bears

Tonight’s a big’un.  The Boston Bruins, they of the best record in all the land, make their way to Newark this eve to take on the Devils, they of the nine-wins-in-eleven-games hot streak.  One of those wins came against this very same Bruins team (in Boston, no less).

For the Devils, expect to see Mike Rupp back in the lineup after sitting out Wednesday’s victory over the Isles.  The Devils say it was a sinus issue, I say it was a bruised ego after getting knocked silly by Colton Orr in a fight Monday night.  Either way, I expect Rupp will be looking for blood, preferably not his own.

Rupp’s return means that Jay Pandolfo sits in the press box again tonight.  Super Jay wasn’t bad in Wednesday’s tilt, but “not bad” doesn’t seem good enough.  Poor Super Jay.

Scott Clemmensen gets the nod in net after sitting Wednesday in favor of Kevin Weekes.  But this is not all that shocking.

On the opposite side of the rink, the Bruins are coming off a 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks in Tuesday night’s much-balleyhoo’d face-off of conference leaders – the Bruins first loss all season by more than two goals.  The Bruins are also the NHL’s best road team, having lost only five times in regulation away from TD Banknorth Garden.  This one ain’t gonna be easy, folks.

Scott’s at tonight’s game, so I’m sure you’ll see one of his Thoughts from Section 209’s later tonight or early tomorrow.  I’ll hopefully be catching at least some of tonight’s game and may have something up as well.

Before I go, however, I’d like to extend my sincerest condolences on behalf of all of us at 2MA to the friends and families of those killed in the Continental Airlines Flight 3407, which crashed in Buffalo.  The flight originated at Newark Airport and it seems like a good number of NJ residents were aboard the plane.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event.


  1. Nice game Devils.

  2. Second game in a row with a shutout for Clemmer…amazing.

    Am I the only one who thinks it’s silly how journalists are more interested in Marty’s every single move in training than about the rest of the team winning huge games night after night?

    No disrespect to Marty at all, but it’s not him who have us leading our division by 10 or so points.

  3. Well Martin is the best player in franchise history and is so crucial to the team if they want to go far this spring.

    Clemmer and the rest of the team know that, so I really don’t think it’s going to cause any problems. I can’t wait for him to return.

  4. I agree with Per completely.

    I love Marty and all but his recovery hasn’t brought us to 2nd place in the Eastern Conference.

  5. Scott’s still in a half-coma from the docile level of play in that game last night… being totally exhausted didn’t help either… not really much to say about it… crowd was about as dead as the Chris Benoit family, Boston could have scored 4 goals last night

    but it was nice to be on the OTHER side of the “lesser goalie standing on his head while we trap the piss out of them and lose 1-0” games

    … and good God Scott Clemmensen has a shutout streak!!! Who’d have thunk it??

    I’m gonna save my energy for Dan Boyle Lighter Night and the return of the CLAUDE!!!