JETBLAST: BOSTON @ WINNIPEG

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JETBLAST

Winnipeg Jets (35-35-10) at Boston Bruins (53-18-8) 7:00 p.m., MTS Centre,TV: TSNJets Radio:TSN 1290

The Winnipeg Jets close their home schedule Thursday night when the Boston Bruins visit the MTS Centre. Jets fans have one last shot to take a look at their team before Fridays season finale in Calgary. Though the Bruins have their division and Conference locked up they are still in a race for the Presidents Trophy so it will be interesting to see who they dress and who they rest. The Bruins took the first meeting between these teams by a 4-1 score in Boston and the Jets will have to play great if they want to avoid a repeat performance. The last home game of the season, Lets Go!

Bruins

The Boston Bruins have once again been one of the best teams in the NHL this season and have got too be a favorite heading into the playoffs. The Bruins are 16 points ahead in their division, 7 ahead in their conference and 2 ahead in league standings. The B’s have been completely dominant this year and will be a very difficult match for anyone in the playoffs. The Bruins play without any one star scoring all the goals, but this is their strength, they have a complete group of players that put the puck in the net and are just as good on their own end of the ice. In net Tukka Rask has been one of the best goalies in the NHL this season and will be in the conversation for the Vezina trophy. On paper this is a very one sided match up but with the Bruins probably resting some of their stars anything could happen.

Jets

The Jets know this season is over, a 90 minute bag skate from coach Paul Maurice however set the tone for next season. Winnipeg is playing many of their future talent these last few games, with Ladd, Byfuglien, Scheifele, and a few others calling it a season already giving management a chance to evaluate some of the up and comers who may be able to crack this squad next season. Expect Michael Hutchinson to get his second straight start. The game against Minnesota, the first in his career, should be classified as a success for the young goaltender. Though he took the loss he stopped 16 of 17 shots and looked as though he belonged. This will be a tougher test for the young goalie but one he most certainly looks forward to.

Keys to the Game

Close Strong: The last game in front of a home crowd, make it count and send the city home happy headed into next season.

Generate some offense: The Jets have struggled to score goals the last couple weeks of the season, they need to get a few today as you can be sure the Bruins will put some numbers on the board.

Respond: A 90 minute bag skate sure got the fans and the medias attention, but how did it effect the players? That will be a big factor in how the game goes tonight.

Starting Goalies

Michael Hutchinson (0-1-0) GAA: 1.03 SV% .941
Chad Johnson (17-3-2) GAA: 2.12 SV% .923

Injuries

Clitsome WPG, (Back surgery) out
Scheifele WPG, (MCL) out
Wright WPG, (lower body) out
Pavelec WPG, (lower body) day-to-day
Thorburn WPG, (lower body) day-to-day
Bogosian WPG, (unknown) day-to-day
Ladd WPG, (lower body) out

Iginla BOS, (lower body) day-to-day
Seidenberg BOS, (torn ACL and MCL) out
Savard BOS, (PCS) out
McQuaid BOS, (leg) out

Last 10 (W-L-OTL)

Jets: 4-5-1
Bruins: 6-3-1

Prediction

Bruins are to strong for the Jets
Bruins 4 Jets 1

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