The All-Star break is over, the Bruins are back at home, and they are hosting Winnipeg.
The Bruins are now at 29-10-12, putting them 1st in the Atlantic, and tied for 2nd in the league, behind the Capitals and tied with the Blues.
Last time, on Bruins hockey…
The Bruins were at home, and they defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2. Apparently letting their opponent score first was what they needed.
What will be the lineup today?
Tuukka Rask. Tuuka is back.
David Krejci and Charlie Coyle have swapped roles for the nonce, with Charlie on the 2nd line and Krejci on the 3rd.
Connor Clifton is still out with an upper body injury picked up vs the Sabres.
Matt Grzelcyk has alternated with Steven Kampfer, but Kampfer has been sent to Providence, and Jeremy Lauzon has been called up. Lauzon – is still up, playing on his off side in place of John Moore.
Brett Ritchie and David Backes have both been sent through waivers (There are rumors of a trade in the works). Ritchie has already reported in to Providence, Bruce Cassidy has said that Backes is not required to report so what is his status? I. don’t. know.
Karson Kuhlman has been called back up from his conditioning stint in Providence, and was on the 3rd line role before the break.
Injured defensemen Kevan Miller (fractured kneecap) is still not close to being ready for his season debut, but has skated briefly on his own.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#40 Tuukka Rask||(#41 Jaroslav Halak)|
This evening’s opponent are the Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg is 4th in the Central division with a record of 25-22-4 (54 points) and are 1-5-0 in their last 6 games. Last time they faced the Bruins was on Jan 9th where the B’s defeated them 5-4. They have a few injuries right now, Nathan Beaulieu (defenseman) will miss a few weeks due to a lower body injury. 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. Carl Dahlstrom has a broken bone in his hand and will miss several weeks
Tucker Poolman is on IR with a lower body injury.
(h/t Daily Faceoff):
#81 Kyle Connor — #55 Mark Scheifele — #29 Patrik Laine
#27 Nikolaj Ehlers — #26 Blake Wheeler — #82 Mason Appleton
#85 Mathieu Perreault — #9 Andrew Copp — #28 Jack Roslovic
#57 Gabriel Bourque — #21 Nick Shore — #58 Jansen Harkins
#44 Josh Morrissey — #4 Neal Pionk
#5 Dmitry Kulikov — #83 Sami Niku
#2 Anthony Bitetto — #5 Luca Sbisa
#30 Laurent Brossoit
(#37 Connor Hellebuyck)