Preview: Bruins at Jets
The Boston Bruins missed a chance to take over the Eastern Conference lead with a loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. They will try to bounce back against another playoff contender when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. The Bruins have lost only twice in their last seven games, but both setbacks came against the Penguins, who are three points ahead of Boston in the East. Winnipeg is in a tight battle at the top of the Southeast Division.The Jets franchise has not made the playoffs since the Atlanta Thrashers took the Southeast Division crown in 2006-07 but has put itself in position to end that drought by going 9-4-1 over the last 14 games. Winnipeg had a three-game winning streak come to an end with a 4-1 loss at Ottawa on Sunday but will be kicking off a four-game homestand on Tuesday. The Bruins got some good news when in was announced that center David Krejci avoided any broken bones after taking a slap shot off the knee on Sunday.TV: 8 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), TSN (Winnipeg)ABOUT THE BRUINS (19-5-3): Boston has gone 1-2-1 in its last four road games, including the pair of losses to the Penguins. The defense and goaltending for the Bruins has been among the best in the league, but the power-play unit has struggled at times and could ill afford to lose Krejci for a long period of time. The team's top-line center had to be helped off the ice after absorbing teammate Johnny Boychuk's slap shot and sat out Monday's practice. He is listed as day-to-day. Krejci had four points in back-to-back 4-1 wins last week and is second on the club with 24. Boston has beaten the Jets twice this season, including a 3-2 victory in Winnipeg on Feb. 17. Brad Marchand tallied for the Bruins in each game.ABOUT THE JETS (15-12-2): Winnipeg's hopes for a division title could be decided over the next few weeks. The Jets will play five of their next seven games against division foes Washington (twice), Carolina (twice) and Tampa Bay. Winnipeg has begun to surge lately, thanks to the work done in the offensive end by captain Andrew Ladd, who has nine points in the last eight games, and Blake Wheeler (seven in seven). Winnipeg appeared to have straightened out a sloppy penalty-killing unit by going 11 straight games without allowing a power-play goal. That streak came to an end on Sunday, when the Senators scored twice with the man advantage.OVERTIME1. Bruins C prospect Ryan Spooner was called up from the American Hockey League to provide depth in case Krejci cannot go on Tuesday.2. Jets G Ondrej Pavelec has allowed four goals in each of his last two games. He had surrendered two or fewer in each of his previous four outings.3. Boston G Tuukka Rask is 7-3-0 with a 2.08 goals-against average in 10 career starts against Winnipeg.PREDICTION: Bruins 3, Jets 2
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