Game Day Thread: Boston Bruins @ Winnipeg Jets

Bruins vs Jets/Thrashers

The Bruins are in Winnipeg, playing their third & final game of this road trip, against the Jets.

The Bruins were great in their post-deadline home series, winning all 6 games in a row — this extended their point streak to 19 games, but it could not last forever…
On Sunday, they played lost to the the Pittsburgh Penguins, and on Tuesday they lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-7.
The Bruins were outplayed for the first half of the game, going down to a score of 1-5 before discovering how to play hockey against a decent NHL opponent. Tuukka Rask started in goal, but was later pulled, although several of the goals were ones where the opponent had few obstacles & multiple chances, so it is hard to put the blame of this loss on goaltending in spite of the poor save %s for both Rask & Halak.
On the fun side, Artemi Panarin picked a fight with Charlie McAvoy. Panarin did better than one would expect considering his thin build, but still got his backside handed to him. Somehow McAvoy got an extra 2 minutes for a retaliatory slash.

The Bruins have 93 points, and are still in 2nd place in the league behind division-leading Tampa Bay who are a whopping 17 points ahead of them at 110 with 13 games remaining. 3rd-place Toronto is still only 4 points behind.

What do the lines look like now?

Well, yeah, they are lines but they’re still jumbled.

Last game, David Backes played some shifts alongside Bergeron & Marchand, pushing Danton Heinen to the Krejci line – they will likely start in that configuration tonight. Peter Cehlárik had come in to play Krejci’s right wing once Marcus Johansson went down with a lung contusion and Lee Stempniak was recalled to play with Jake DeBrusk out with his leg in a walking boot. Stempniak and Cehlárik were sent back down to Providence on Wednesday, and Trent Frederic, Paul Carey and Connor Clifton have been called up. Charlie Coyle has been plying on David Krejci’s right wing. Coach Bruce Cassidy was hopeful that DeBrusk & Johansson would be available sometime soon, but it does not appear to be today. Matt Grzelcyk got a scare on Sunday, when Patric Hornqvist crushed his arm against the glass. The arm is not broken, but he’s still not playing and Steven Kampfer came in to play instead. Torey Krug is out with an upper body injury, bringing in Clifton. David Pastrnak and his broken thumb have been skating at practices this week, but is described as ‘week-to-week’ and will not be available to play. The same can be said of Kevan Miller and his upper body injury. Neither are on the road trip. Tuukka Rask will start in goal today.

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Backes

David Backes

#34 Paul Carey

Paul Carey

David Krejci

David Krejci

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

Joakim Nordstrom

Joakim Nordstrom

Trent Frederic

Trent Frederic

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Sean Kuraly

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

#14 - Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Connor Clifton

Connor Clifton

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

John Moore

John Moore

Steven Kampfer

Steven Kampfer

Bruins Goaltending
#40 Tuukka Rask (#41 Jaroslav Halak)

This evening’s opponent are the Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg leads the Central division with a record of 40-25-4 (84 points) and are 3-3-0 in their last 6 games against some rather solid opponents. They have a few injuries right now, including “Big Buff”, Joe Morrow and Josh Morrissey. They made a few trade moves since the Bruins last saw them, moving Brendan Lemieux and acquiring Kevin Hayes from the Rangers, Nathan Beaulieu from the Sabres and Par Lindholm from the Maple Leafs

(h/t Daily Faceoff):

Jets Forwards
#29 Patrik Laine — #55 Mark Scheifele — #26 Blake Wheeler
#81 Kyle Connor — #12 Kevin Hayes — #27 Nikolaj Ehlers
#18 Bryan Little — #17 Adam Lowry — #13 Brandon Tanev
#85 Mathieu Perreault — #9 Andrew Copp — #28 Jack Roslovic

Jets Defense
#44 Josh Morrissey — #8 Jacob Trouba
#5 Dmitry Kulikov — #57 Tyler Myers
#83 Sami Niku — #70 Joe Morrow

Jets Goaltending
#37 Connor Hellebuyck
#30 Laurent Brossoit

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Quaider4ever
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Heinen with Bergy and Marchand the rest of the way, please!!

Satan81
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doh

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Well, we’ve survived 2 periods with a depleted roster, and we even have 30 SOG after 2 periods. I’ll take it.

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lol nordstrom

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whoops that was me

Quaider4ever
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Looks like anything, but a hockey player.

Quaider4ever
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Gritty goal!!

Quaider4ever
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Salisbury School lost the New England Prep Championship game on the March 3rd… they crank of D1 college players and occasionally pros. Acciari’s alma mater (Kent) won in the large school bracket. So we’ll be seeing more players from them in the future. Both schools within an half hour from my door!!

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Shows the great hockey we have in New England… South Shore Kings might be worth a look, eh?

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Woo!

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Here we go!!! Chuck!

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Scheifele is probably the most underrated super star of all time.

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Him and Barkov.

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When do Pasta, DeBrusk, and Johannson com back?

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Not soon enough