Boston Bruins (1-1) vs. Winnipeg Jets (1-1)
NHL: Monday, October 17, 2016 at 8:00pm EST
Line: Winnipeg -115/Boston -105
The Winnipeg Jets will host the Boston Bruins as both teams look to get back into the win column Monday night from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. The Bruins lost 4-1 to the Maple Leafs Saturday night, and the Jets were edged 4-3 by the Wild. The season series was tied one game apiece last season.
Bruins Lethargic in Loss to Leafs
The Boston Bruins could not get anything going offensively against a young, talented Maple Leafs team and fell by a 4-1 score Saturday night. David Pastrnak scored the Bruins lone goal and he has been a bright spot for the Bruins already this season. The right winger has already scored three goals and added two assists through two games, and he is seeing time on the first line. Pastrnak scored 15 goals in 51 games last season and was the Bruins first round pick in the 2014 draft. The Bruins continue to play without top forward Patrice Bergeron who is dealing with a lower body injury. Bergeron did not travel with the team and will not be suiting up in this matchup and is listed as day-to-day. Bruins Defensemen Adam McQuaid is also dealing with an injury and will not suit up in this one as well.
Anton Khudobin was between in the pipes in the Bruins loss Saturday night and struggled early in the game and stopped 19 of 24 shots. Tuukka Rask is dealign with an undisclosed injury which is not serious, however his status for this one is still questionable, but he will likely get the start. The Bruins were very productive last season averaging 2.88 goals per game, ranking them fifth overall, and have scored 7 goals through two games this season. Boston conceded an average of 2.78 goals per game, last season, and have allowed seven goals in two games this season.
Jets Blow Two Goal Lead in Loss to Wild
The Winnipeg Jets have had opposite scenarios unfold in their first two games. The Jets erased a three goal deficit to defeat the Hurricanes in their home opener, but in their second contest they blew a two goal lead to the Wild and lost 4-3 on Saturday night. Dustin Byfuglien made his presence felt, notching two assists and lead all skaters with ice time, playing over 26 minutes in the loss. Mark Scheifele notched a goal and an assist and the Jets first line center is off to a good start, netting three points in two games. The Jets are already dealing with a key injury as second line center Bryan Little is out with a lower body injury and is out indefinitely. The absence of Little is a big hit to the Jets offense as the he notched 42 points in 57 games last season.
The Winnipeg Jets opted to go with Michael Hutchinson in the loss to the Wild, and the young goaltender made 27 saves on 31 shots. The Jets are leaning towards Conor Hellebuyck as their go-to guy in net, and he will be between the pipes in this matchup. Hellebuyck posted a terrific 2.34 GAA in 26 games last season. The Jets had trouble scoring goals last season, averaging 2.59 goals per game, ranking them 20th overall, and have scored eight goals through two games this season. Winnipeg allowed an average of goals per game last year, and have conceded eight goals in two games this year.
The Boston Bruins are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 games against the Western Conference
- 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on one day of rest.
- 2-7 in their last 9 games in Winnipeg.
The Winnipeg Jets are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on one day of rest.
- home team is 19-8 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams.
I like the Jets in this contest. I did not like the way the Bruins looked Saturday, and they are without their top player in Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins have now conceded seven goals through their first two games and are without Adam McQuaid who usually eats big minutes on the blue line, so I expect the Jets to find the back of the net again in this one. The Jets have scored eight goals through two games and I really like their top six forwards, even without Little in the lineup, and they should take this one on home ice.