On Tuesday night, the Boston Bruins will visit the division leading Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre in Manitoba, Canada. Boston will look to get back on track after losing a tough game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday afternoon.
The last time these two teams faced off, the Bruins edged out the Jets 3-2. Alex Burmistrov and Evander Kane scored for the Jets but it wasn’t enough. Brad Marchand scored the game winning power play goal just 0:36 seconds into the third period to lift the Bruins to victory, with Tyler Seguin and Danielle Paille adding the other two goals for Boston.
With the short season, any points that can be gained are vital. This game will be pivotal for both teams as they look to secure their spots in their respective divisions. Winnipeg (32 points) currently holds a one-point lead over the Carolina Hurricanes in the Southeast division. The Bruins (41 points) are still second in the Northeast division. They are one point behind Montreal and it seems like they have been one point behind the Canadiens for weeks. Other than the Pittsburgh Penguins, I would say Montreal is the second hottest team in the East right now. The Bruins can’t seem to shake them. With all this being said, this game will be crucial for both teams as they fight for a top spot in the Eastern Conference.
The health of David Krejci is still in question for the Bruins. Krejci took the wrong end of a “Johnny Rocket” in the third period on Sunday’s game. Krejci was unable to put pressure on his right leg as he was helped off the ice by teammates. Coach Julien said Krejci, “came in for treatment and is day to day” also adding, “no broken bones and hopefully he’ll be back soon”. If Krejci is unable to go, it will be interesting to see whom the Bruins put at center. Some people are thinking Tyler Seguin might be the guy but I don’t think that is a good move. Seguin is way to hot right now to move positions. I think it is better to keep him on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Remember, Chris Kelly is still out with his injury so the Bruins will look for other players to step up in their absence.
Game time is set for 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.