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Morning briefing

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  December 23, 2008 10:22 AM

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Good morning from the Prudential Center, where the Bruins will play the Devils tonight before kicking off the two-day holiday break.

Some tidbits from the game notes:

* This should be an excellent test for the Bruins, given that the Devils are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and 3-1-1 in their last five. So far this month, the Bruins have only played one team (Washington) that is currently in the top eight in the Eastern Conference.

* Given New Jersey's record, it's surprising how mediocre their special teams are: 20th in the league on the PP (17.3 percent) and 26th on the PK (79.5 percent).

* Old friend Jay Leach has gotten good minutes since his recall. Against Philadelphia on Monday, Leach played 20:34, the most ice time he's seen this season.

* Don Koharski and David Banfield will be the referees. Jean Morin and Derek Nansen will be the linesmen.

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