On Saturday, February 4th, at 7pm ET, the Boston Bruins (33-25-6) will host the New Jersey Devils (25-26-12).

Need to Know: Devils

The Devils come into the Garden nine points back of the last wild card spot, currently held by the Islanders. With only 19 games left in the regular season for the Devils, tonight’s matchup is pretty much a must win. Even with the off-season acquisition of forward Taylor Hall, they still lack scoring and rank 29th in goals for (2.29). Tonight’s matchup is the final of three games this season where both teams have come away with a victory.

Need to Know: Bruins

18 games. That’s all. 18 more games for the Bruins to secure a playoff spot for the first time in three years. Right now, they sit third in the Atlantic with 72 points. With New Jersey much lower in the standings, tonight’s game is a must win for Boston as well. However, the Bruins have struggled to win at home against teams lower than them in the standings. After a valiant effort this past Thursday, Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers were able to slow down the offensive surge the Bs have had going as of late.

Coming into tonight, the big news around the locker room is the debut of Drew Stafford as a Bruin. He was acquired from Winnipeg prior to the trade deadline on Wednesday and tonight will be his first game. Also, Brad Marchand, who leads the team in goals, is currently on a four-game point streak with four goals and four assists during those games. Knock on wood, the Bruins are currently healthy and are playing very well as we near the end of the regular season.

Projected Lineup:

Marchand – Bergeron – Backes

Cehlarik – Krejci – Pastrnak

Vatrano – Spooner – Stafford

Schaller – Moore – Nash

Chara – Carlo

Krug – McQuaid

K. MIller – C. Miller