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    Bruins look to sweep season series from Jets

    Tim Rosenthal March 19, 2013

    After taking the first two games in the season series, the Boston Bruins will look to complete the sweep of the Winnipeg Jets when the two teams battle for the final time in the 2013 season tonight at the MTS Centre.

    The first two victories did not come easy for the Black and Gold, however, as both were decided by one goal. In the second game of the season, the Bruins – despite hitting the post five times – edged out a 2-1 shootout win behind a strong penalty kill; and the B’s earned a 3-2 triumph back on Feb. 17 in Winnipeg.

    To little surprise, the Bruins won’t have David Krejci in the lineup as he recovers from a knee injury (day-to-day) suffered from a shot by Johnny Boychuk in the third period of Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. After being called up from Providence last night, Ryan Spooner will presumably take Krejci’s spot on the first line with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton, and its safe to say that we’ll be highlighting him throughout the game (more on that in a bit).

    Both teams are within striking distance of the first place team in their respective divisions. The Bruins trail the Montreal Canadiens by one point in the Northeast Division (with one game in hand), and the Jets are tied with the Carolina Hurricanes (who have the extra game in hand) atop the Southeast Division with 32 points.

    Gametime: 8 p.m.
    Location: MTS Centre
    TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins (19-5-3, 41 points), Jets (15-12-2, 32 points)

    Bruins’ projected lines

    Milan Lucic-Ryan Spooner-Nathan Horton
    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
    Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
    Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

    Tuukka Rask
    Anton Khudobin

    Jets’ projected lines

    Andrew Ladd-Bryan Little-Blake Wheeler
    Evander Kane-Ollie Jokinen-Antti Miettinen
    James Wright-Nik Antropov-Kyle Wellwood
    Eric Tangradi-Patrice Cormier-Chris Thorubrn

    Grant Clitsome-Dustin Byfuglien
    Ron Hainsey-Zach Bogosian
    Mark Stuart-Derek Meech

    Ondrej Pavelec
    Ed Pasquele

    Bruins to watch

    We mentioned before the jump that we would keep an eye on Spooner, so let’s get to it shall we?

    It’s no secret that the entire Bruins Daily staff is optimistic about this kid’s potential and tonight he’ll get a chance to showcase that as he skates with Lucic and Horton. With 12 goals and 33 assists in 50 games with Providence (along with a plus-8 rating), the former second round pick helped spark the red-hot Baby Bruins to first place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division. Spooner only tallied a hare over five minutes of ice time in his only game with the big club back on Feb. 6, but expect him to get a few more minutes tonight.

    Tuukka Rask is having quite the impressive run in 2013 as one of the league leaders in goals against average (1.92, good for seventh), save percentage (ninth at .928) and wins (tied for second with 14). Rask has done well against the Winnipeg franchise in his career – including its days in Atlanta – going 7-3 with a 2.08 GAA in 10 career games against the Jets/Thrashers.

    Jets to watch

    Despite their two losses to the Bruins, goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has done well against the Black and Gold in both starts. The Czech goalie, despite being 12-12-2 on the season with a 2.80 goals against average and .904 save percentage, has a 1.94 GAA in the two matchups this season. Pavelec will look to continue his success against Boston and help lead a Winnipeg squad that is 5-1-1 in its last seven.

    Bruins linkage

    CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty says the Bruins hope to follow the Ottawa Senators’ model as they expect to deal with their share of injuries during this busy slate.

    Stanley Cup of Chowder grades the Bruins’ goaltending through the midway point of the season.

    Another reminder that our friends at SupahFans Streetwear waive off their $5 shipping fee whenever Bruins fans use DailySupahFans as a coupon code at checkout.

    Jets linkage

    With Rob Hainsey and Grant Clitsome on the last year of their contracts, and with the trade deadline looming, Arctic Ice Hockey says that Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will have some tough decisions ahead of him.

    Speaking of the trade deadline, Jets Nation breaks down Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin as a potential trade target.

    Tweets of interest:

    Haggs apparently sent some “sympathy snow” to Boston from Winnipeg.

    And Hockey Buzz’s Ty Anderson hopes Spooner gets a few more shifts tonight.

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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