Tonight the Boston Bruins (13-7-1 (27 Points)) will attempt to recover from their Black Friday shootout loss against the Red Wings as they face-off with the Winnipeg Jets. This will mark the first visit to TD Garden ever from the new-era Jets after relocating to Manitoba last summer. Winnipeg is 9-9-4 (22 Points) and is coming off a 3-1 road win against the Hurricanes on Friday evening.
Tonight’s Line-Up (Subject To Change):
Scratches– ….. Caron , Kampfer
NEWS & NOTES
– Tonight will mark milestones for two Bruins forwards as Milan Lucic will play in his 300th career NHL game, and Benoit Pouliot will take part in the 200th of his career.
– Saturday will also be the second time Boston has played host to two former B’s who were dealt to the Thrashers last season, in exchange for Rich Peverley: Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart. Wheeler (1G/10A) has seen top-line minutes this season, playing alongside Bryan Little and the explosive young winger Evander Kane. Meanwhile, Stuart (2G/4A) has been saddled with the duties of covering up for the defensive lapses of the offensively inclined Dustin Byfuglien on the Jets’ top defensive pairing.
– In one of the biggest surprises early in the 2011-12 season, late off-season acquisition Kyle Wellwood is leading the Jets in scoring with 17 points (7G/10A) in 22 games.
– The Jets enter Saturday night’s contest on a hot streak of their own, winning four of their past five games by a combined score of 18-8.
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