Winnipeg arrived at TD Garden this morning to prepare for its game with the Boston Bruins
having picked up at least a point in each of its last five games (4-0-1).
Concluding their three-game road trips against the defending Stanley Cup champions, however, might be the Jets’ stiffest test in some time.
“This is our third game in four nights, so for us it’s important that we wrap our heads around what we’re going to be facing tonight,” said Jets head coach Claude Noel
after his team’s optional morning skate. “This is a well-coached, well-managed team. You don’t win the Stanley Cup by accident. They defend very well. We’re going to have to battle for every inch of ice in this game tonight. And if we don’t put our hard hats on tonight, it’s going to be a challenge.”
The Jets’ lineup might look a little different than it did Friday during their win at Carolina. Defenseman Ron Hainsey
, who suffered a setback after returning to action from a 16-game injury absence, will be a game-time decision, according to Noel.
“He feels a lot better today, so we’re going to see how he’s doing this morning and we hope that he’s in the game tonight,” said the coach.
Here is the projected lineup for the Jets:
- Nik Antropov
- Kyle Wellwood
- Bryan Little
- Blake Wheeler
- Jim Slater
- Chris Thorburn
- Tim Stapleton
- Eric Fehr
- Dustin Byfuglien
Eric Bogosian - Johnny Oduya
- Mark Flood
If Hainsey cannot play, Arturs Kulda
would again be in the lineup.
should get the start in goal.