Today the key for the New Jersey Devils is to not get to far ahead of themselves, as they host the Minnesota Wild two nights before they visit the Boston Bruins for a Sunday matinee at TD Banknorth Garden.
Even while focusing on Minnesota, the Devils are obviously thinking about Boston a tad bit.
“Boston is still going to be a meaningful game either way,” Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner said in Rich Chere’s report in today’s Star-Ledger. “(The Wild) is all we’re focused on right now. We’ll try to get the two points from them, try to keep the pressure on (the Bruins) and try to keep distance between ourselves and the other teams around us. The focus is to try to solidify one of the top spots.
“Sure you’d like to win them all. That’s obviously not realistic. For us lately it’s been how we’ve responded after a loss. That’s going to be our focus, looking ahead, not back.”
The Devils dropped their last outing to Carolina, but sit just five points back of Boston for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with two games in hand on the Bruins and three in hand on Washington, which is sitting second (four points behind Boston).
MK: Ha, Bruins head coach Claude Julien said today he knows Jersey is looking forward to Sunday, and now we know how he knew that. Anyway, even in coach Brent Sutter’s attempt to downplay the situation in Chere’s piece, it’s obvious the Devils want that top seed bad. Will Boston be able to match that? We’ll see.
Also, the Devils are expected to put Martin Brodeur back in net after he took the Devils’ last game off.