February 17th, 2013 by

Gameday: Bruins look to rebound in Winnipeg

Gameday: Bruins look to rebound in Winnipeg

Nothing says Hockey Day in America like a Bruins/Jets matchup, wait, what? As the United States celebrates Hockey Day in America, the Bruins travel to frigid Winnipeg to take on the Jets as the Bruins look to end their season high two-game losing streak.

The Jets last played Friday night when they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins took the first of three matchups this season back on January 21, 2-1 in the shootout.

The Bruins will be without Milan Lucic as No. 17 has left the team due to personal reasons. Newly signed forward Jay Pandolfo will fill in for the absent Lucic.

The Jets are currently tied with the Capitals for last place in the Southeast division.

Gametime: 6 p.m.

Location: MTS Centre
T.V./Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins (8-2-2, 18 points), Jets (5-7-1, 11 points)

Bruins projected lineup

Rich Peverley-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Daniel Pallie
Jay Pandolfo-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Jets projected lineup

Andrew Ladd-Bryan Little-Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane-Alex Bermistrov-Nik Antropov
Eric Tangradi-Oili Jokinen-Kyle Wellwood
James Wright-Jim Slater-Chris Thorburn

Rob Hainsey-Dustin Byfuglien
Mark Stuart-Zach Bogosian
Paul Potsma/Grant Clintsome-Zach Redmond

Ondrej Pavelec
Ed Pasquale

Bruins to watch

At some point this season whether it be now or later, Tyler Seguin will break out of this scoring slump he is currently stuck in. Seguin has just two goals in 12 games—one of those an empty net goal—a year removed from a team and career high 29 goals a season ago. Both of Seguin’s goals have come on the road this season.

Jay Pandolfo makes his Bruins debut today. The 38 year-old Pandolfo hasn’t played in an NHL game since April 7, 2012 when he was a member of the New York Islanders. The Winchester Mass native has 226 points in 881 career NHL games. Look for Pandolfo to see some key time on the Bruins penalty kill.

Jets to watch

The Jets have been led by two key players this season. Up front the Bruins have to keep an eye out for the dangerous Andrew Ladd. Ladd leads the team with seven goals and has 11 points in 23 career goals against the Black and Gold. The Maple Ridge, British Columbia native has gelled nicely with line-mates Black Wheeler and Bryan Little for a struggling Jets hockey club.

On the blue-line it’s not Dustin Byfuglien tearing it up offensively, but it’s Tobias Enstrom that leads the team in points with 13.

Bruins linkage

Bruins set to visit town of Newton Connecticut on Monday (CSNNE)

In honor of Hockey Day in America, Bleacher Report has the all time Bruins All-Time All-America Team

Tyler Seguin not making excuses for scoring drought. (Bud Barth/Worcester Telegram)

Jets linkage

Winnipegwhiteout.com previews todays Bruins/Jets tilt.

Jets Defense/Goalie grades. (Arctic Ice Hockey)

Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press touches on the Jets struggles on home ice.

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