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Need to Know: Bruins at Jets

Carey, Clifton enter lineup for final game of road trip

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - The Bruins will have two new faces in the lineup, with the recalls of Paul Carey and Connor Clifton, as they look to snap their two-game skid and finish off the road trip on a high against the Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night

"We haven't had the best road trip, but we have an opportunity here to finish on a good note," said Brad Marchand. "They're a very good team, very deep, a lot of talent. Gonna be a tough game, we know that. Just have to make sure we have a decent game tonight."

Here's what else you need to know about tonight's tilt in Winnipeg (8 p.m. ET on NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub):

Carey Debuts

As Carey looked around the Bruins locker room on Thursday, he couldn't help but think about summer hockey back in Massachusetts. The 30-year-old often skates during the offseason with fellow Weymouth-born forward Charlie Coyle and Walpole native Chris Wagner.

"Very excited. It's something that I've waited for for a while. It's always nice having some local guys that get it," said Carey, who was recalled from Providence on an emergency basis on Wednesday afternoon. "It's always tough coming to a new team, a new locker room. When you know a few guys, it certainly makes it easier to adjust and get to know everyone else."

Carey was acquired from Ottawa in exchange for defenseman Cody Goloubef in early January and after the trade posted 20 points and 14 goals in 21 games for the P-Bruins.

"Good team down there, they play the right way," said Carey. "Coaches make it easy for the guys to play their game and do well if they're buying in and doing the right thing. There's no secret sauce, it just kind of worked out."

The Boston College product will ride on the left wing alongside David Krejci, with Coyle playing the right against Winnipeg.

"I'm looking forward to it," Carey said of playing with Krejci. "I've been a fan of his for a while. He's such a smart player. I've just got to make sure I'm in the right place and got my stick on the ice."

Video: Cassidy discusses the challenge of the Jets

Clifton Returns

Clifton, who played nine games with Boston earlier this season, is back for a second stint with the big club and feels far more prepared this time around.

"Obviously I know what to expect now having played nine games earlier, know the guys better, the system. I think I just come in and relax and play," said Clifton.

The 23-year-old had taken on more responsibility with the P-Bruins of late with the team down a number of bodies due to injury. Clifton hopes his previous NHL experience, coupled with his continued development under Providence coach Jay Leach, will make him an even more effective blue liner during his second call-up.

"I think what I took if I could play at this level. Coming in a second time, I just want to relax and grow my game," said Clifton.

Video: Clifton discusses 2nd call-up

Thursday's Projected Lineup

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Backes
Paul Carey - David Krejci - Charlie Coyle
Joakim Nordstrom - Trent Frederic - Danton Heinen
Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari - Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
John Moore - Brandon Carlo
Steven Kampfer - Connor Clifton

Tuukka Rask
Jaroslav Halak

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