JETBLAST: Winnipeg at Boston

(1-0-0) 2 points (0-1-0) 0 points

2nd in East, 1st in Northeast

9th in East, 3rd in Southeast

Winnipeg goes on the road to Boston for this Inauguration day match up. Last year the teams split their 4 contests including a thriller in Winnipeg when the Jets snapped Boston’s 15 game point streak, which included 14 wins. Although Boston suffered an early exit from the playoffs last season this team is still very similar to the one that took home a Stanley Cup a couple of seasons ago.

Bruins

Boston opened up their season with a hard-fought 3-1 win against New York Saturday night and look to continue in their home opener. This year they are once again led by their giant captain Zdeno Chara and count on their young forwards to get the job done on the offensive side. The successes of Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron will go a long way in determing the successes of the team.

Jets

Coming off their opening 4-1 loss in Winnipeg against Ottawa,Winnipeg needs to respond. They came out and played a good opening period but as the game wore on it was apparent who the better team was. It gets no easier for the Jets as Boston is a big bodied hard-hitting team with a goaltender trying to prove he is a number one. For Winnipeg to be successful Dustin Byfuglien cannot be the best offensive player as he was in the opener. They also need to be much stronger on the back-end and Pavelec must be better net.

Keys to the Game

Goaltending: Boston lost Vezina winning goaltender Tim Thomas and will lean on Tuukka Rask this season to try to give them the same results. On the other side Winnipeg still has holes on the back-end and Ondrej Pavelec is counted on to make big stops often.

Start time: Hockey players are creatures of habit so the 12 noon start will change preparations to this game and the team that best responds will have a good chance and getting the W.

Scoring: Boston plays a hard-hitting stingy defensive game that still manages offensive chances, so Winnipeg will have to count on their big guns to create some offense.

Starting Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec (0-1-0, 4.00, .892)
Tuukka Rask (1-0-0, 1.00, .952)

Injuries

Bogosian WPG, (Wrist) out
Miettenen WPG, (Upper body) out

Savard BOS, (Concussion) out

Last 10 (W-L-OTL)

Jets: 0-1-0
Bruins: 1-0-0

Prediction

Boston shows that they are still Stanley Cup contenders and out class the Jets on this night.
Bos 4 Wpg 1

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