WINNIPEG - The Bruins hope to bounce back against the Jets on Monday night in Winnipeg to close out their three-game road trip with a winning record.
Game time is set for 8:00 p.m. ET (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).
The Bruins and Jets each earned a win in Game No. 1 on the season, before falling in the second game. Boston was unable to mount a comeback against the Leafs, falling 4-1 on Saturday. Meanwhile, Winnipeg couldn't stop the Minnesota Wild's comeback, losing 4-3 after owning a 2-0 first period lead.
"I think at the end of the day, if you can come back from a road trip worth a winning record, I think it becomes a successful one," Head Coach Claude Julien said following the team's pregame skate on Monday morning."
"So, that's what we have to do tonight is worry about this game and making sure we get the results that we want."
Through two games, the Bruins scoring has come from just the line of David Backes, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand. While the effort from the other lines is there - with Julien recently talking about the hard work of Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes - the results have not been.
"We're going to have to find ways to start contributing offense here," said Hayes. "Trying to get more offensive zone time, wearing teams down and getting more pucks to the net as a line, as a whole."
While the Marchand-Backes-Pastrnak line got hot on opening night, and Pastrnak notched his third of the season for Boston's lone goal in Toronto, the Bruins know they can't rely on that production.
"It's going to be huge for the whole team producing," said Hayes. "When you have your best players firing like that, it's always great to see. It gets the team going."
"But they're not going to bring it like that every single night as much as they want to. We're going to have to find ways for our lines and the other lines to contribute as well."
The Black & Gold can start by getting more bodies to the front of the net and not making "drive-by" plays as Julien referenced following the loss in Toronto.
"I think for us as a line now, we've got to have someone that's going to get to the front of the next," said Ryan Spooner, who is looking to get on the board along with linemates David Krejci and rookie Danton Heinen. "I think the three of us are used to being the setup guy on our line and I think one of us just needs to get to the front of the net and I think that should help."
"We've just got to stick to the game plan," said Krejci. "It kind of feels like we've been trying to do somebody else's job and not sticking with what we have to do as individuals on the ice. But at this time of the year, we've got to stay patient and working hard, and it's going to come."
"We had a bad game, but bad games happen," Krejci said. "We watched video from last game and learned from our mistakes, and we'll do better next game."
Rask Ready to Go
Tuukka Rask is ready to go for Monday night's matchup with the Jets, after Anton Khudobin filled in against the Leafs.
"Just a little sore. Dobby was going to play one game anyways on this trip, that was the plan, so we decided it was better for him to play [Saturday] and back at it [Monday]," said Rask.
"These things happen a lot of times and it's early in the season, so better to be cautious than trying to push it too hard."
While Rask will be back between the pipes, the play in front of him still needs to improve.
"If everybody tightens up and takes their man, we'll be fine," said Rask. "I think we gave up 17 scoring chances, so that's not how we want to play and we need to tighten that up."
Pastrnak Gets Set for Game 100
Times has flown by for David Pastrnak, who is expected to suit up in his 100th NHL game on Monday in Winnipeg.
"[I remember] my first year, starting here - it went kind of fast and all of a sudden, I have 100 games," reflected Pastrnak, who was drafted 25th overall by Boston in 2014. "It's just fun, being in the best league and my dream is enjoying the time and trying to get there every game.
Schaller Could See Game Action
During pregame skate, Austin Czarnik centered Beleskey and Hayes, but as the skate wound down, he and Joe Morrow were the lone two skaters out on the ice for extra work.
Tim Schaller went off the ice earlier, and could play in his first game as a Bruin on Monday night. It would no doubt be a memorable game for the New Hampshire native, suiting up in the Spoked-B with his hometown team.
Bergeron Still Back in Boston
Julien gave another update on Patrice Bergeron Monday morning, saying that he continues to skate back in Boston.
"The expectation right now is for him to join us at practice when we get back," said Julien. "We certainly kept it open for him to join us on any of those games. We just didn't have a timetable for him as far as how long. But, right now, he's really close to the point he's supposed to join us when we get back."
Pregame Skate Rushes 10/17
Ryan Spooner-David Krejci-Danton Heinen
Brad Marchand-David Backes-David Pastrnak
Matt Beleskey-Austin Czarnik*-Jimmy Hayes
Dominic Moore-Riley Nash-Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara-Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug-Rob O'Gara
John-Michael Liles-Colin Miller
Starter: Tuukka Rask // Backup: Anton Khudobin
Likely Scratches: Joe Morrow, Austin Czarnik
*Though Czarnik took line rushes, he stayed on the ice after pregame skate for extra work with Morrow, indicating he'll be the healthy scratch, with Tim Schaller getting into the lineup.