For the second time this season the Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets are meeting up. This will be the second of three meetings this season, the Bruins winning the last match up thanks to a shoot out goal by Patrice Bergeron at the Garden for a final score of 2-1.
The Bruins are hoping to redeem themselves after losing their past two games to the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres, being outscored by a margin of 8-5. Winnipeg is also looking for a win on home ice after dropping their last game to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 on Friday night, dropping their record to 5-7-1 on the season.
Despite dropping their last game against the Sabres for their second regulation loss of the season, there were some high points. One being rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton was finally able to notch his first professional goal. The Bruins actually played a solid game…through the first forty minutes, but appeared to have used all of their energy when it came time to play the final twenty.
Tonight the term consistency will come into play once again along with the focus of playing a solid sixty-minute game. In order to beat the Jets the Bruins are going to need solid efforts from every player on the team, especially in the absence of Milan Lucic. Lucic has headed back to Boston for personal reasons and will not be playing in tonight’s game.
After Anton Khudobin took the fall for Boston against the Sabres, Tuukka Rask is expected to face off against Winipeg, opposite of Ondrej Pavalec. Pavalec sports a 3.19 goals against average and a .89 save percentage and put up a solid performance the last time these two teams faced off.
The puck is set to drop at 5:00pm EST and can be seen on NESN or heard on 98.5 the Sports Hub.