If a Monday matinee hockey game doesn’t scream the season is back, I don’t know what will! All kidding aside at 1 pm today your Boston Bruins will take on the Winnipeg Jets at home for their second game of the season.
This game will be the first of three meetings between the teams this season. Because this is the second game and all we have is last season to go by, the odds would look to be in Boston’s favor. The four games between the teams last season were split, with the home team winning each time. Also judging by last season, Winnipeg on the road didn’t exactly spell out success.
But this is a new season so here’s what you can look forward too with this game:
- “The new and improved” Bruins Power play:
Though the new units were 0-for-7 with the extra man in Saturday’s home opener against the Rangers, it wasn’t for lack of effort. In my recap of the game, I noted how good the new power play looked. But let’s be honest, our power play could only ideally improve from past seasons.
The first unit includes David Krejci, Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, and Tyler Seguin with Gregory Campbell, and Rich Peverley as the alternates.
The second unit is Dougie Hamilton, Dennis Seidenberg, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Chris Bourque.
On the power play, Horton said:
“So close to scoring, but those are going to come, it’s the first game. We definitely need our power play going this year. It’s going to be huge for us.” (Via Boston Bruins)
- Another strong start from the first line:
Krejci, Lucic, and Horton reunited Saturday night on the first line and it was nothing short of impressive. It was the first game for Horton, who had been out with a concussion for almost an entire year. But judging by his performance, it’s safe to say Horty is back. Looch and Krejci made a strong presence in the game tallying up a goal, and assists. I think Saturday was just the beginning for this line.
- It’s TUUKKA TIME in Boston:
Tuukka Rask is officially the Bruins numero uno goalie and he proved that on Saturday stopping 20 of the 21 shots the Rangers laid on him. In today’s game, Rask will face off against goaltender Ondrej Pavelec who was dealt his first loss of the season in the Jets home opener against the Ottawa Senators.
Puck drops at 1pm tomorrow and you can check out the game on NESN!