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Bruins Vs. Devils: Both Teams Anxious For A Rebound

A new year brings a new set of challenges for both teams. Four days into 2012, and one team's new year's resolutions are already going to be ruined.

The Bruins experienced a piece of the game that they haven't had to swallow a whole lot of since the beginning of November--the sting of defeat. But New Year's Eve they took a beating from the Dallas Stars who took them for a 4-2 ride around the rink.

That was only the fourth loss Boston has endured in 25 games.

They allowed three goals in the first period alone, including a couple on the power play. They gave the Stars plenty of opportunities to capitalize though, racking up six penalties throughout the game.

Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin did score in that game, but it wasn't enough to keep their seven-game winning streak alive, and once again, they have to look to their philosophy of starting another winning run, starting tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Devils have had a little bit of success of their own. Despite losing their last game to Ottawa on Monday, prior to that they had won four of their last six games and put up an impressive 9-3-1 record in their last 13.

It looks like Martin Brodeur will get the call for the Devils today and is hoping to rid himself of a four-game skid against the Bruins. But opposite him on the ice, he will have to deal with either Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask who both have less than a 1.30 goals against average against the Devils in their recent histories with New Jersey.

Both teams hope to get back to their winning ways, and both are going to have their work cut out for them.

The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on NBCSN and aired on 98.5 The Sports Hub.