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PREVIEW: Bruins wrap up Western Conference road trip against Winnipeg, 8PM

There’s light at the end of the tunnel - both for this road trip, and for the return to the ice of several injured players.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Winnipeg Jets
It’s been hard for many teams to take the jump out of Brad Marchand, who netted another OT game-winning goal this week.
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Just the Facts

When: 8:00 PM

Where: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadia

How to watch: TSN3, NESN

Rival SBN site: Arctic Ice Hockey

Know your Enemy

  • Blake Wheeler - 20G-65A-85PTS; Patrik Laine - 43G-25A-68PTS; Paul Stastny - 3G-7A-10PTS in 12 games since being acquired at trade deadline
  • The Jets have four goalies on their depth chart, but you’ll find Connor Hellebuyck at the top with a 39-11-9 record, 2.36 GAA and .924 Sv%. Steve Mason is 4-6-1, sporting 3.18 GAA and .906 Sv%.

Game notes

  • Patrice Bergeron stepped right back into his rightful spot on the top line, and did not disappoint. He played just 31 seconds of short-handed time in an effort to not exhaust him in his first game action in about a month. Look for that to tick up as he gets more games under his belt.
  • Brad Marchand, OT Wizard, scored his fifth OT game-winner of the season against Minnesota on Sunday. Watch all his OT winners here.
  • Boston has quietly strung together five straight games and six of their last seven with at least a point. Four of the seven are regulation wins. Which is incredible, because...
  • The B’s remain without Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk, Rick Nash, David Backes, yet show no signs of slowing down. The will is strong with this group right now.
  • Having clinched a playoff spot on Sunday by beating the West’s top team in the Nashville Predators, the Jets have shut down defenseman Tobias Enstrom. He’s been a bit injury-prone over the last few weeks (and years), so in the interest of having one of their stronger defenders ready for the postseason, this is a smart move by Winnipeg. Jacob Trouba is another candidate for extended rehabilitation after a lower-body injury has shelved him since late January, and there’s little reason to rush him back.
  • Patrik Laine is engaged in a shoot-to-the-finish scoring race with Capitals star Alex Ovechkin; it will be tough to keep him off the scoreboard, and with two potent scoring lines, look for the Bergeron line to tackle Mark Scheifele’s unit while Riley Nash looks to neutralize Laine. (Or, vice versa?)

NEVER FORGET:

Not too much of an oldie, but still a goodie.