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Preview and GDT: Winnipeg Jets at Boston Bruins

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Winnipeg Jets v Boston Bruins Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Time: 6:00 P.M. CST
TV: TSN3, TVAS, NESN
Radio: TSN1290, 98.5 Sports Hub

The Winnipeg Jets and Boston Bruins meet in Bean Town for their first meeting of the 2018-19 schedule. The Jets are coming off of last night’s 3-1 loss in the City of Brotherly Love, while Boston hasn’t played in 10 days, which means both teams face challenges in performing well tonight. How will they meet those challenges? We’ll soon find out.

The All-Star break can be an opportunity for teams to get healthy, but it didn’t do a lot of good for these two teams, with the Bruins still without the services of Tuukka Rask, who suffered a concussion in their last game. The Jets will be without the services of Dustin Byfuglien and Nikolaj Ehlers. Ben Chiarot, however, will be returning from injury.

Starting goalies tonight are Connor Hellebuyck for the good guys and Jaroslav Halak for the not good guys.

Boston currently occupies the first wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference, while Winnipeg is still in first in the Central Division despite a 1-2-1 record in their last four. They are tied with Nashville at 64 points, but have three games in hand.

Winnipeg Jets Lineup:

FORWARDS:

81 Kyle Connor/ 55 Mark Scheifele/ 26 Blake Wheeler

29 Patrik Laine/ 18 Bryan Little/ 28 Jack Roslovic

85 Mathieu Perreault/ 17 Adam Lowry/ 13 Brandon Tanev

48 Brendan Lemieux/ 9 Andrew Copp/ 82 Mason Appleton

DEFENCE

44 Josh Morrissey/ 8 Jacob Trouba

5 Dmitry Kulikov/ 57 Tyler Myers

7 Ben Chiarot/ 83 Sami Niku

STARTING GOALIE

37 Connor Hellebuyck

Riding the pine: 30 Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: 19 Nic Petan, 70 Joe Morrow (not confirmed it’s Morrow out)

Injured: 33 Dustin Byfuglien (lower body, ETA end of January), 27 Nikolaj Ehlers (shoulder, ETA middle of February),

Boston Bruins Lineup:

FORWARDS

63 Brad Marchand/ 37 Patrice Bergeron/ 88 David Pastrnak

22 Peter Cehlarik/ 46 David Krejci/ 74 Jake DeBrusk

43 Danton Heinen/ 82 Trent Frederic/ 42 David Backes

52 Sean Kuraly / 55 Noel Acciari/ 14 Chris Wagner

DEFENCE

33 Zdeno Chara/ 73 Charlie McAvoy

47 Torey Krug/ 25 Brandon Carlo

48 Matt Grzelcyk / 86 Kevan Miller

STARTING GOALIE

41 Jaroslav Halak

Riding the pine: 31 Zane McIntyre

Scratched: 27 John Moore, 44 Steven Kampfer

Injured: 40 Tuukka Rask (concussion), 20 Joakim Nordstrom (fractured fibula)

Enemy Territory

Boston Bruins Coverage: Stanley Cup of Chowder

Last Jets Game:

Winnipeg Jets 1-3 Philadelphia Flyers

The Jets failed to take off, with a Jack Roslovic power play goal the only blemish on Carter Hart’s 31 save performance.

Last Bruins Game:

New York Rangers 3-2 Boston Bruins

It’s been 10 days since the Bruins played, and when they did they became Henrik Lundqvist career win number 446, as the King moved into sole possession of 6th place on the all-time wins list.

Players to watch:

Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets v Los Angeles Kings Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

It might be a bit early to call this part of the schedule the final stretch, but it sure would be great if Connor Hellebuyck could return to form as the season winds down and the playoffs approach. His numbers aren’t terrible, but when you look at what he’s capable of, you can’t help but want and expect a little more.

Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that David Pastrnak is just 22-years-old. The forward is now in his fifth NHL season, and is poised to hit the 30 goal mark for the third straight year, and currently leads the Bruins in points.

His contract looks great for the Bruins going forward, as 6.667 million per year for the next five years can only be seen as better and better value as he gets better with age.