Winnipeg Jets (12-9-3) at  Boston Bruins (6-13-2) 6:00 p.m., TD Garden, TV: TSN3  Radio:TSN 1290

After two straight road wins, the Winnipeg Jets look to make it a perfect three for three road trip when they visit the Boston Bruins Friday night. The Jets have been great on the road this season but enter a building that is always hard to play in. the Bruins are one of the most physically tough teams in the league, and at home that is amped up even more. Winnipeg has been playing a smash mouth style for weeks now, outhitting their opponents in nearly every game, so this is bound to be a physical affair. The best way to spend a Friday night is a good old fashion hard hitting hockey game, Lets Go!


The Boston Bruins, who have been top contenders in the East for years seem to have finally taken a step back early this season. Sitting 4th in the Atlantic division at this point, the Bruins have not had the success they are used to, though it is still early, and I would bet no one wants to match up with the B’s in the playoffs. The Bruins will be trying to righten the ship after two straight home losses to Pittsburgh and long time rival Montreal. Boston is not used to play near .500 hockey but with the skill that is still on this team they can turn it around really quick. The key to the Bruins success is the team focus on defense. With one of the best two way players in the game Patrice Bergeron as their captain they have a good example to follow. Bergeron currently leads the team in points and is tied for first in goals. He plays big minutes in all situations and is the most important player on the ice for his team at all times. He leads by example, and if the Bruins can follow and execute they have a good chance to win every time they show up at the rink.


The Winnipeg Jets got two wins they absolutely needed to have Tuesday and Wednesday. Matched up against the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference Winnipeg was not always perfect, but they were good enough to get all 4 points, and in the end that is all that matters. One hit the Jets took Wednesday was one they actually gave. Midway through the second period Adam Lowry put a hit on Sabres pest Patrik Kaleta. The hit was clearly from behind and Lowry was given 5 minutes and a game misconduct, and Thursday was given his first NHL suspension, a one game ban for the hit. The Jets have liked his game this season but this is an important lesson for the rookie to learn, he has to be able to play on the edge without crossing it. His value is in his physicality but he does no good for the Jets if he is sitting in the press box. Winnipeg now finds themselves in a position where they may need to make a call up. If Mathieu Perrault is again unable to go, the Jets will be short a forward. The obvious choice is TJ Galliardi who was recently put through waivers but stayed with the team. However, St. Johns played in Bimington earlier this week so the Jets can easily get anyone they want from the farm.

Keys to the Game

Home ice Advantage?: So far this season the Jets have erased the home ice advantage, going 8-4-2 on the road. The Jets play smart and tough in opponents buildings and make the home team earn every inch. Especially against the Bruins, the Jets will have to continue that tough play if they hope to get two more road points Friday.

Lay it all out There: The Jets get a lengthy rest after this game, not having to take the ice again until December 3rd when they open a homestand against the Edmonton Oilers. The Jets will have no excuses to not give everything they have Friday night and will need every bit of it. The Bruins are one of the hardest teams to play against and the Jets will need all four lines, all 6 D-men and their goaltender at the top of their game.

Who is between the Pipes?: The Jets have gotten solid play from both Michael Hutchinson and Ondrej Pavelec this season. Hutchinson, leads the league in GAA and SV%, despite playing fewer games than most, and Pavelec is coming off a great performance, allowing just one goal in Buffalo, making many key saves. Paul Maurice has not announced his starter yet but either way the Jets should be in good shape, and with the amount of skill in the Bruins bench Winnipeg will be leaning on their tender.

Starting Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec (8-8-2) GAA: 2.23 SV% .919
Tukka Rask (10-6-1) GAA: 2.40 SV% .915


Enstrom, WPG, (LBI) day-to-day
Perrault, WPG, (Undisclosed) day-to-day

Krejci, BOS, (Hip) day-to-day
McQuaid, BOS, (Broken thumb) out
Warsofsky, BOS, (Groin) out
Chara, BOS, (Knee) out

Last 10 (W-L-OTL)

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


Jets do just enough to get buy in extra time
Jets 3 Bruins 2

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