Preview: Bruins at Jets
After beginning their season-high five-game road trip with a thud, the Boston Bruins will look to rebound on Sunday when they visit the Winnipeg Jets. Boston yielded three third-period goals en route to a 4-2 setback to Buffalo on Friday to begin the trek, which also spans to a pair of contests in the Sunshine State before wrapping up in Long Island. The Bruins have dropped two straight (0-1-1) after winning six of their previous seven.
Winnipeg fell for the third time in four games with 3-1 setback to Pittsburgh on Friday. To add injury to insult, defenseman Tobias Enstrom exited the contest after suffering an injury to his right shoulder following a collision. The 28-year-old Swede, who leads the Jets with 11 assists and 13 points, is expected to receive the results of his MRI on Sunday.
TV: 6 p.m. ET, NESN, TSN
ABOUT THE BRUINS (8-2-2): Rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton recorded his first career goal and set up Rich Peverley for another on Friday. Both were kept off the scoresheet in the teams' previous meeting - Boston's 2-1 shootout victory over Winnipeg on Jan. 21. Tuukka Rask, who made 26 saves against the Jets, should be well-rested after sitting out Friday's loss to the Sabres.
ABOUT THE JETS (5-7-1): Former Bruin Blake Wheeler scored Winnipeg's lone goal in the shootout and Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 26 shots during the teams' last meeting in Boston. Wheeler followed that surge by putting together a five-game point streak, but has mustered just a goal and two assists in February. Andrew Ladd had the lone tally versus Pittsburgh and has scored three goals in his last two contests.
1. The Bruins and Jets are saddled with struggling special teams play. Boston has scored on two of its last 24 power-play opportunities while Winnipeg's penalty kill has yielded 14 goals on 43 chances.
2. Pavelec has lost his last three games despite yielding a total of six goals.
3. Winnipeg will wrap up its three-game homestand before playing five straight on the road.
PREDICTION: Bruins 3, Jets 1
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