Bruins

NHL Rumors: Did Devils GM hint at wanting to acquire a defenseman?

NHL Rumors: Did Devils GM hint at wanting to acquire a defenseman?

The Boston Bruins have been linked to New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri for a while now.

However, the Devils don't appear eager to trade their veteran top scorer at the deadline. Still, if Bruins GM Don Sweeney gives the Devils an offer they can't refuse, then Palmieri very well could suit up on David Krejci's right wing.

LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.

What would it take to land Palmieri? Well, our Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty noted that he could be had for a first-round pick, a young cost-controlled player such as Anders Bjork, and a top-notch prospect. Devils interim GM Tom Fitzgerald had some interesting things to say regarding how his organization would approach the trade deadline.

"We've all underperformed this year. We're in this sell mode right now because of our Octobers, Novembers, Decembers and January. So, there's not one player that feels really good about what the season looks like. Underperforming is really where we're at that drove this situation," Fitzgerald said on SiriusXM's NHL Network. "Certain players, I believe, they will get better. I believe that they can find their games and get it back to where it's normal. We don't need P.K. Subban being a 25-minute-a-night guy. We need to find support for him so he can play at his best -at minutes that will allow him to do what he does well."

Did Fitzgerald just hint at the Devils wanting to acquire a defenseman at the deadline? Maybe. If so, the B's have plenty of defensemen they could send to New Jersey. For example, John Moore, at this point, has been expendable for the Bruins. Prospects such as Jakub Zboril and Urho Vaakanainen may be able to improve New Jersey's defensive situation and ease the life of Subban.

While it's just speculation, it would make some sense considering the Devils traded defenseman Andy Greene to the New York Islanders in exchange for a defensive prospect and Blake Coleman to the Tampa Bay Lightning for an offensive prospect and first-round pick over the weekend.

If the Bruins were to land Palmieri, the Devils would acquire some pretty solid assets in return.

Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens live stream: How to watch NHL game online

Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens live stream: How to watch NHL game online

After a rather disappointing 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, the Boston Bruins are set to take on their arch-rival Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden on Wednesday night.

The B's and Habs both have won four of their past five, and veteran Ilya Kovalchuk, a newcomer to the Canadiens, could cause some struggles on the back end for Boston.

LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.

While Boston leads the Atlantic Division in points, the Tampa Bay Lightning are gaining ground. They trail the B's by just one point. A Boston victory over Montreal puts the B's that much closer to locking up first place in the Atlantic.

David Pastrnak, who has cooled off of late, will have the opportunity to reclaim the NHL scoring lead after losing it to now-40-goal scorers Auston Matthews and Alexander Ovechkin.

You can watch the Bruins-Canadiens game on NBCSN. Coverage starts at 7 p.m. with NHL Live, followed by puck drop at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game online.

HOW TO WATCH

With Lightning gaining ground, are we in for Bruins-Leafs Round 3?

With Lightning gaining ground, are we in for Bruins-Leafs Round 3?

With their 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning (79 points) are within one point of the Boston Bruins for the Atlantic Division lead -- and the NHL lead for that matter.

After starting the season on a sour note, the Bolts are 20-2-1 since Dec. 23 and 9-0-1 in their past 10. With Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman, it's no surprise that Tampa Bay has managed to regroup and gain ground in the standings.

LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.

The B's are set to face the red-hot Lightning twice next month -- with an extremely valuable four points at stake. Those two games alone make it more of a priority for Boston to bolster its depth, specifically on David Krejci's right wing.

Our Bruins insider Joe Haggerty mentioned a few players the Bruins should target ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline -- including Chris Kreider and Tyler Toffoli.

Adding those players could become more important if the B's happen to slip to second in the Atlantic. Why? Because the Toronto Maple Leafs are hanging around in third place in the division, which could mean a third consecutive installment of a first-round Bruins-Leafs playoff series.

And even though Boston has eliminated Toronto in their past two playoff meetings, the young Maple Leafs, powered by Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, should be plenty motivated this time around. So, while the Bolts are nipping at their heels, the B's need to continue to hold them off if they want to see an opponent other than the Leafs in the first round.