Game Day Thread: Jets @ Bruins

Bruins vs Jets/Thrashers

The Bruins are back home today, playing the Winnipeg Jets, and their moms are still watching.

Yes, tonight is the second game of the Mom’s trip, so several of the players’ mothers, who traveled with them to Nashville will be in house tonight to watch them play against the Jets.

The Bruins are now at 25-8-11, putting them 1st in the Atlantic, and 2nd in the league behind the Capitals.

Last time, on Bruins hockey…
The Bruins were on the road, showing off for their moms in Nashville. Their opponent, the Predators, were a struggling team, and had just fired their head coach, Peter Laviolette, and associate coach Kevin McCarthy. Well, the Bruins would bring the wood, and blew out the Preds by a score of 6-2. After a series of games where the Bruins underperformed, taking home OT losses where they should have had wins, this was a strong effort and a good win, even if they met their opponent on an unfortunate night.

What will be the lineup today?

The usual suspects are back.

Connor Clifton is still out with an upper body injury picked up vs the Sabres.
Torey Krug is fighting an illness and is a game-time decision.
Joakim Nordstrom is back from illness.

David Backes will slot in for Brett Ritchie, who had a decent game on Tuesday but will sit out tonight.
Charlie Coyle remains as 3rd center and long-time AHL call-up Anders Bjork will be at 2nd-line right wing again.

Injured defensemen Kevan Miller (fractured kneecap) is still not close to being ready for his season debut. Forward Karson Kuhlman has been sent to the Providence Bruins for a conditioning stint before returning to Boston’s lineup.
Anton Blidh (recovering from shoulder surgery) has begun skating before practice but not during practice. He will probably go to Providence as well.

Jaro Halak will be in goal.


Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

Anders Bjork

Anders Bjork

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

David Backes

David Backes

Joakim Nordstrom

Joakim Nordstrom

Sean Kuraly

Sean Kuraly

#14 - Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

John Moore

John Moore

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Steven Kampfer

Steven Kampfer

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

This evening’s opponent are the Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg is 4th in the Central division with a record of 24-16-4 (52 points) and are 3-2-1 (including a shootout win) in their last 6 games against some rather solid opponents. They were also a temporary home for Bruin Par Lindholm. They have a few injuries right now, Nathan Beaulieu (defenseman) will miss a few weeks due to a lower body injury. Dmitry Kulikov (defenseman) has been out with an upper body injury and is slated for return. Mark Letestu has been out since October with myocarditis. Bryan Little has had a head injury since November, and there is no timetable for his return. Dustin Byfuglien underwent ankle surgery at the end of October and was expected to miss at least four months.
(h/t Daily Faceoff):

Jets Forwards
#81 Kyle Connor — #55 Mark Scheifele — #29 Patrik Laine
#27 Nikolaj Ehlers — #26 Blake Wheeler — #9 Andrew Copp
#85 Mathieu Perreault — #17 Adam Lowry — #28 Jack Roslovic
#58 Jansen Harkins — #21 Nick Shore — #82 Mason Appleton

Jets Defense
#44 Josh Morrissey — #3 Tucker Poolman
#5 Luca Sbisa — #4 Neal Pionk
#83 Sami Niku — #2 Anthony Bitetto

Jets Goaltending
#30 Laurent Brossoit
(#37 Connor Hellebuyck)

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Ya mon!!! Nice win!!!! Keep the moms around!!!

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And take that, bitches!!!

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Break out da hats!!!

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Scheifle, the most underrated man in the NHL

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Ken Jennings wins the day!!! Woohoo! (Rooting for the “old” guy)

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Woo!!! Suntin goin’ on over homie’s left shoulder tonight!!l