With the shortened seasons winding down, it was expected that teams would face injury and or exhaustion due to the grueling schedule. The Boston Bruins are one of many teams dealing with this. They are currently without Chris Kelly and David Krejci due to injury and will be without them tonight against the Winnipeg Jets. All things considered the first half of the season was mostly injury free for the team and their record shows it. So the question is can the Bruins battle on with these injuries and with the lack of days off?
The Bruins are hoping to avoid a third consecutive road loss, and pick up a third consecutive win against Winnipeg. The B’s have won 16 of their last 20 games and are one point out of first place in the Northeast division behind the Montreal Canadiens. This is the third game the team will play in 4 days but with some well needed R&R Monday hopefully the team will be in fighting shape tonight. Boston recalled Providence player Ryan Spooner yesterday to help fill in the void due to injury. I expect to see him in the lineup as the Bruins roadie carries on. The boys have two more road games this week but will return back to Boston next Monday.
Cooling the Jets:
Winnipeg like Boston is playing their third game in 4 days and also like Boston capped off their Sunday game with a loss. The Jets will be looking for a win tonight just as badly as the Bruins as they are looking to maintain the lead in the Souteast division (they are currently tied for first with the Carolina Hurricanes). Tonight Winnipeg will start another three game, four day journey so there’s no doubt that this time is preparing to endure these games.
Sunday’s loss gave Tyler Seguin his 10th goal of the season. After a slow start to the season, it would appear Seguin has found his momentum. He also has 12 assists and a +19 rating. His lineys aren’t doing too shabby either with Patrice Bergeron leading the team with points (8 goals, 27 assists). Brad Marchand leads the team in goals with 12.
On Winnipegs end, they have Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler are the two point leaders this season. Ladd has 14goals and 15 assists for 29 points, while Wheeler has 12Goals and 12 assists for 24 points. Wheeler if you remember was once a Bruins and it always bothers me to see former B’s players doing well without the Black and Gold.
Tuukka Rask is expected to be in net tonight for Boston against Ondrej Pavelec most likely. Rask is (14-3-3)with two shutouts on the season and a (1.92GA and a .928SV%), while Pavalec is 12-12-2 and has a (.904SV% and a 2.80GA).
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