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Need to Know: Bruins at Jets

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - The Bruins will be looking to finish off their season-opening three-game road trip with a winning record when they take on the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night. After a rousing come-from-behind win against Columbus on Opening Night, the Bruins took a step back against Toronto in a 4-1 loss Saturday night.

Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. EST on NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Bruins-Jets:

 

What to Watch For

One glaring issue for the Bruins so far has been their starts. The Black & Gold fell behind 2-0 and 3-1 against Columbus, before digging themselves a 3-0 first-period deficit against Toronto.

Despite overcoming the poor start against the Blue Jackets, the Bruins know they must come out of the gates with more urgency moving forward. That starts Monday night against the Jets.

"I don't think we need to learn that; I think we already know that," Bruins coach Claude Juilen said following the team's loss to Toronto. "I think the biggest thing right now is that we dug ourselves a hole at the beginning of the game with poor choices and bad penalties and gave them some momentum."

Patrice Bergeron has missed the Bruins first two games with a lower-body injury, but Julien said Sunday there is still a possibility the center plays against Winnipeg. Bergeron, who is considered day-to-day has been skating back in Boston.

Goalie Tuukka Rask missed Saturday night's game with an undisclosed ailment, though both he and Julien said they plan on the netminder being between the pipes against Winnipeg.

"Just a little sore," said Rask. "[Anton Khudobin] was going to play one game on this trip anyways, that was the plan, so we decided it was better for him to play [against Toronto]."

Video: Bruins look to bounce back against Winnipeg

Opposing View

Like the Bruins, it has been an up-and-down start for the Jets. After winning their opener against Carolina in overtime, Winnipeg dropped a 4-3 decision to Minnesota Saturday.

Former Bruin Blake Wheeler was named captain of the Jets before the season and has started well by notching two goals and two assists for a team-leading four points over the Jets' first two games.

Heralded rookie Patrick Laine, the second pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, has a goal and an assist through two games. The winger has been skating alongside Mark Scheifele and Wheeler on the Jets' top line.

Wait, There's More

  • The Bruins will be looking to up their game at the face-off dot, having won just 47 percent of the draws through two games.
  • David Backes has shown his nasty side in each of the Bruins first two games. Just three minutes into the opener, he got into it with Josh Anderson in front of the Columbus net and both were sent to the box for roughing. Against Toronto, he dropped the gloves with Nazem Kadri just two minutes into the contest. It appeared Backes may have hurt himself during the fight, but Julien said he will be in the lineup Monday night. "He's fine," said Julien. "He'll be ready to go [against Winnipeg]."
  • David Pastrnak has been off to a strong start. The 20-year-old has tallied three goals in two games to lead the Bruins. He's also a team-best plus-5, while he sits second behind Brad Marchand with five points.

 

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