The Winnipeg Jets will be out to snap a nasty streak on Friday night when they entertain the Boston Bruins at MTS Centre.
The Jets are 0-9 in the second half of back-to-back games this season and have been outscored 36-7 in those contests. The Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday night in St. Paul, Minn., while the Bruins had the day off and travelled to Winnipeg.
Both teams will be playing their third game in four nights on Friday. The puck drops a half hour earlier than normal, at 7 p.m. since the game is being shown nationally on TSN.
“I don’t think too many guys are thinking about the back-to-back, but it’s obviously a statistic that we want to eliminate,” said winger Evander Kane, who had two goals, an assist and the shootout winner against the Wild.
“They’re a team that has little panic in their game, and they know how to come back on teams. So just staying consistent and being disciplined and not giving them too many opportunities on the power play is going to be key for us.”
The Bruins haven’t been playing their best lately, with five wins in their last 11 outings. They haven’t won two in a row since Jan 12. Despite that, they are still the defending champs and the Jets will be ready.
“It seems we rise to the occasion most nights when we play top teams in the league,” Kane said. “These kind of teams, when you play them, they’re really exciting and you have to bring your best effort or else you’re probably going to get run out of the rink.”
Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian (upper body) will miss his second straight game and is still listed as day-to-day.
Boston will be without forwards Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley, who will be out four to six weeks with a knee injury.
“It’s been a little bit of inconsistent play, and for the first time in a long time we’ve been dealing with some injuries as well,” Bruins winger Milan Lucic said. “It’s up to all of us as a group to step up our game and figure out a way to get that consistency back in our game to play at the level we know we can play at.
“In October, we kind of went through the same thing, going 3-7. For us, it’s getting back to feeling good about ourselves and having that positive frame of mind and playing with confidence.”
Ondrej Pavelec will be between the pipes for the Jets, while Tuukka Rask will get the start for the Bruins.