After suffering from a slew of losses, the Boston Bruins were looking to closeout 2019 with a few wins. So far, mission accomplished. With Sunday's 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, Boston has won their last three games (and are still leading their Division).
PUTTING THE WHEELS BACK ON
In recent games, the Bruins posted a huge win over the dreaded Washington Capitals, defeating them 7-3 on home ice. In their first in a home-and-home game series with Buffalo Boston won 3-0, marking the 50th career shut-out for goaltender Jaroslav Halak. The 34-year-old Slovak native would extend his winning record to 10-1-0 with four shutouts. His goals-against-average is 1.46, with a save percentage of .944.
Sundays' win over the Sabres now puts the Bruins at 11-1-1 in its last 13 match-ups with Buffalo. Boston is now 24-7-8, and are 4-0-3 in their last seven games. Rask made 24 saves, while David Pastrnak had one goal and an assist. Jake DeBrusk would net his 10th and 11th goals of the season when he scored two goals seconds apart in the third period.
On Tuesday, the Bruins travel to New Jersey as they face the Devils for the third and final time this season at the Prudential Center. In their last two meetings, the Bruins defeated New Jersey. Once in a 3-0 shutout and a 5-1 victory this past November. With the Buffalo win, David Pastrnak now has eight points in his last five games. Patrice Bergeron has seven goals in his last five games.
For New Jersey, Nikita Gusev has seven points with six assists in his last five games. Expect Mackenzie Blackwood in net for the Devils. New Jersey will be coming off a 4-3 overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators. The Devils are last in the Metropolitan Division, posting a 13-19-6 record. Expect Jaroslav Halak in net. Coach Bruce Cassidy also issued some injury updates:
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH: December 31st, puck drop at 1:00 PM, NESN, MSG
BACK ON HOME ICE
The Bruins open up the new year at home when they face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Columbus is now 17-14-8 after a tough and controversial loss, a shoot-out loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. After a game-winning goal was waved off for the Jackets in overtime due to a penalty given to Chicago (negating the game-winning goal), the Blackhawks won the game. Jackets Coach John Tortorella did not mince words at his displeasure with the loss.
Expect Elvis Merzlikins in net as Joonas Korpisalo nurses a recent knee injury. Don't be surprised to see recently named All-Star Tuukka Rask in net for the Bruins.
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH: Thursday, January 2nd, puck drop at 7:00 PM, NESN, FS-0
On Saturday, The B's continue their homestead as they face the Edmonton Oilers who are 20-17-4. They have lost eight of their last 10 games. Artemi Panarin leads the team with 51 points, 21 goals, and 30 assists. They are currently in fifth position in the Pacific Division.
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH: Saturday, January 4th, puck drop at 1:00 PM, NESN
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