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Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs Boston Bruins

The Jets host the boys from Beantown

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Boston Bruins Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports


The Jets returned home on Tuesday night and sustained a heartbreaking, last minute loss to the San Jose Sharks. Before returning home they went 2 – 2 during a difficult road trip. From a glass half full perspective, they are hanging in there against tough opponents without their best two defenseman. From a glass half empty perspective, winning four out of your last ten games does not scream potential Western Conference finalist. Connor Hellebuyck has also been just average, sporting a very pedestrian 3.01 GAA and 0.909 save percentage. Not entirely his fault, but, a little of last year’s Vezina level play would be great right about now.

The Bruins have lost two games in a row, first to the Pittsburgh Penguins, followed by a 7 – 4 loss on Tuesday in Columbus against the Blue Jackets. Boston sits second in their division to the league leading Tampa Bay Lightning. The last two times these teams met the games ended in shoot out victories for the Jets.

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Team Comparison

Winnipeg Jets Boston Bruins
Winnipeg Jets Boston Bruins
Record: 40 25 4 Record: 42 19 9
Last Ten Games: 4 6 Last Ten Games: 7 2 1
Who Is Hot: Blake Wheeler with 8 points in the last five games. Who Is Hot: As a team the Bruins have the third best powerplay percentage in the league.
Who is Not: He is my favourite Jet, but, we need more than zero points in the last four games for Mark Scheifele. Who Is Not: Father Time and injuries look like they have caught up to David Backes
Keep an Eye On: The home crowd. There are always a lot of Bruins fans in attendance. I am hoping that the Jets give them nothing to cheer about and take care of the second best team in the East. Keep an Eye On: The response the Bruins have to losing two games in a row.