Winnipeg Jets (19-19-5) at Boston Bruins (27-12-2) 12:00 p.m., TD Garden TV: TSNJets, NESN Radio: TSN 1290
The Winnipeg Jets visit the Boston Bruins Saturday for a high noon showdown at TD Gardens in Boston. For the amount of problems the Jets have had against certain teams in the East, surprisingly the Bruins are not one of them. Since returning to the NHL Winnipeg has seemed to have the Bruins number, and have the advantage in the series. These are always highly contested games and when these teams meet up you know it is going to be exciting. So wake up make some brunch and watch what is sure to be a great game, Lets go!
The Bruins have been a picture of consistency over the last 5 years or so. Boston has been a hard nosed, tough to play against, team that can punch you in the mouth and then walk around your defenseman and finsish around the net. They are a near perfect combination of size and skill, and know how to use both. This has kept the Bruins near the top of the league consistently and made them a powerhouse in the East. Thursday night the Bruins ended a two game losing streak by beating the Central Division Nashville Predators 3-2 in overtime. Brad Marchand scored less than a minute into the extra frame, the goal was Marchands 10th of the season and made him the 5th Bruin with 10 or more. The Bruins have no pure goal scoring superstars, but they score by committee, all their lines can be dangerous and if you take a shift off against the Bruins it often ends in your net.
Winnipeg left Ottawa short two points that they probably deserved. Though they played pretty well much of the game the final score did not agree and the game finished with the Jets down 4-3. Winnipeg outplayed the Sens for the most part, hit 3 or 4 posts, outshot and outchanced Ottawa, but on this night it was not enough. These are the games that still seperate the Jets from the playoff teams, this was game that top 8 teams manage to win. Moving on, it gets no easier for the Jets as they now head to Boston, to take on the defending Eastern Conference champions. With two straight mid day games Saturday and Sunday, and coming off Thursdays loss, the Jets will be tired and worn out in this stretch. They need to play smart and get full games from lines 1 through 4 if they want to hang with the class of the East.
Get to the net: Tukka Rask is one of the best in the game right now. 4 shoutouts to go with his 20 wins has him near the top of the league in many goaltending categories. If the Jets cannot disturb him and get in his face, he will make it a long night for the Jets forwards.
Top line: The Jets top line did not have a great night in Ottawa and need to be better for Winnipeg. Despite the improved play of the second line they cannot afford to not get production from the big guns.
Need lots from Little: After a burning hot start Bryan Little has completely shut down offensivley. With just two goals in his last 19 Winnipeg need more from their star winger.
Ondrej Pavelec (11-16-4) GAA: 3.03 SV% .902
Tukka Rask (20-9-2) GAA: 1.99 SV% .932
Slater WPG, (Sports Hernia) out
Postma WPG, (blood clot) out
Halischuk WPG, (arm) out
Clitsome WPG, (illness) out
Seidenberg BOS, (torn ACL, MCL) out
Kelly BOS, (fractured fibula) out
Eriksson BOS, (concussion) out
Savard BOS, (PCS) out
Bruins to tough for Jets
Bruins 3 Jets 1
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