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JNGD.76 Flight Plan: Home Sweet Perfect Home?

The Jets close out their six game home-stand tonight against the Bruins and they are looking to make it a perfect one as the first five games have been Winnipeg wins which is their longest winning streak of the season.

Boston Bruins (47-17-10)
@
Winnipeg Jets (46-19-10)

March 27, 2018 – Puck drop: 7:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MN.
TV: TSN3 – Radio: TSN 1290

Recently for the Jets…

You might have missed the news because not much has been said about it, but the Jets earned a spot in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday night with a shootout win over the Nashville Predators. Two big reasons as of late for the Jets success? Kyle Connor for one who was just named the NHL’s third star of the week for his four goal, six point effort last week. The other is the Jets work on keeping and holding onto the puck against some very strong defensive teams…

Recently for the Bruins…

This is the final stop for the B’s in a four game Central division swing that has seen them go 2-0-1 so far. Their last game was a 2-1 overtime win in Minnesota against the Wild. The successful trip for the Bruins has been made more impressive by the fact that they’ve had a handful of their regulars out Jake Debrusk, David Backes, Charlie McAvoy, Rick Nash and Zdeno Chara all out. On the bright side, they did just recently get Patrice Bergeron back after missing 13 games and Brad Marchand continues to do Brad Marchand things 33 goals on the season now as well as countless of games where he should have maybe been suspended for cheap hits and tactics. At the very least, the Jets won’t have to deal with Tuuka Rask as the Bruins are likely to start Anton Khudobin on Tuesday night.

Recently between both teams…

The Jets and Bruins played back on December 21 in a pretty entertaining game that saw both Connor Hellebuyck and Tuuka Rask put on a heck of a goaltending clinic. Rask won that duel eventually in a shootout with 37 saves, but Helle-boy was no slouch either making 32 stops himself. As mentioned, Rask won’t have a chance to repeat his antics tonight, so the Jets catch a bit of a break there. The loss continued a trend of the Jets just not having any real kind of luck or success against the B’s as Winnipeg has only beat the Bruins once since the Thrashers moved north six seasons ago.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 76.7#22 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 81.3#12 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 82.0#4 RW

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 78.0#15 LW

Paul Stastny
PAUL STASTNY

Rating: 75.8#53 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 85.6#2 RW

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 76.1#44 LW

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 70.9#154 C

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 74.5#65 RW

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 68.6#126 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 73.5#47 C

Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA

Rating: 72.3#52 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.6#59 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 75.9#44 RD

Tobias Enstrom
TOBIAS ENSTROM

Rating: 72.0#132 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 79.7#17 RD

Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.8#147 LD

Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW

Rating: 71.7#154 RD

GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 73.8#27 G1

Eric Comrie
ERIC COMRIE

Rating: 71.2#44 G2

Boston Bruins Lines

LW C RW
Brad Marchand
BRAD MARCHAND

Rating: 86.5#1 LW

Patrice Bergeron
PATRICE BERGERON

Rating: 84.5#4 C

David Pastrnak
DAVID PASTRNAK

Rating: 81.2#5 RW

Ryan Donato
RYAN DONATO
David Krejci
DAVID KREJCI

Rating: 76.1#48 C

Brian Gionta
BRIAN GIONTA

Rating: 70.7#77 RW

Danton Heinen
DANTON HEINEN

Rating: 73.3#48 LW

Riley Nash
RILEY NASH

Rating: 73.2#87 C

Tommy Wingels
TOMMY WINGELS

Rating: 69.8#185 RW

Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 70.2#105 LW

Sean Kuraly
SEAN KURALY

Rating: 70.1#171 C

Noel Acciari
NOEL ACCIARI

Rating: 69.3#194 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Torey Krug
TOREY KRUG

Rating: 80.9#10 LD

Adam McQuaid
ADAM MCQUAID

Rating: 71.6#163 RD

Matt Grzelcyk
MATT GRZELCYK

Rating: 73.7#73 LD

Kevan Miller
KEVAN MILLER

Rating: 73.6#77 RD

Nick Holden
NICK HOLDEN

Rating: 71.1#184 LD

Brandon Carlo
BRANDON CARLO

Rating: 71.1#182 RD

GOALIES
Tuukka Rask
TUUKKA RASK

Rating: 75.2#15 G1

Anton Khudobin
ANTON KHUDOBIN

Rating: 69.6#56 G2

Gameday Prediction

The Bruins have had a good road trip, but it’s been a bit of a grind for them with some overtime played and a furious third period comeback in Dallas. Ideally the Jets come out playing like they have the last few games and stay out of the penalty box. If they can do that, this they should be able to make it six. Jets win 4-1.