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Preview: Jets VS. Bruins

by Staff Writer / Winnipeg Jets


There are just two games remainging in pre-season and both are coming against the Bruins. The first is tonight at the MTS Centre followed by the back-to-back Friday night in Saskatoon, SK.

The Jets are down to 26 players after reassigning Adam Lowry, Eric O'Dell, Ivan Telegin and Andrew Gordon (pending waivers) to St. John's and returning Josh Morrissey to his respective WHL Prince Albert Raiders team on Tuesday. Most recently, the Jets also reassigned goaltender Eddie Pasquale to join the IceCaps in St.John's.

Today on-ice, all 26 players were skating. There were nine defence, 15 forwards and two goaltenders. Claude Noel said they will try to get as close to the regular season lineup as possible for tomorrow's game. For tonight, it's one last chance for a few bubble-players to strut their stuff and show they deserve to make this roster.

"We're going to try to get as close as we can tomorrow," said Noel. "We were hoping to do that today but it was depending on nagging injuries, that's one of the problems we face.  You have to decide are you going to put your lineup for exhibition or look to be healthy for the regular season. That's the ball we have to juggle."  

UP FRONT: Blake Wheeler was sporting a red no-contact jersey today during the pre-game skate and is reported to be day-to-day. With that said, Coach Noel hinted to media that Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd also would not play tonight, leaving the following assumed (from the morning skate) lines:


BLUELINE: Zach Bogosian will not play tonight as he is also day-to-day with a minor injury. Which six of the remaining eight defensemen will have to wait until game time.

GOALTENDING: Ondrej Pavelec will get his second start in net tonight against the Bruins tonight with Al Montoya backing him up.



9 Evander Kane
12 Olli Jokinen
14 Anthony Peluso
15 Matt Halischuk
16 Andrew Ladd
17 James Wright
18 Bryan Little
19 Jim Slater
22 Chris Thorburn
26 Blake Wheeler
27 Eric Tangradi
28 Patrice Cormier
40 Devin Setoguchi
55 Mark Scheifele
67 Michael Frolik


2 Adam Pardy
3 Jacob Trouba
4 Paul Postma
5 Mark Stuart
24 Grant Clitsome
25 Zach Redmond
33 Dustin Byfuglien
39 Tobias Enstrom


31 Ondrej Pavelec
35 Al Montoya


Niklas Svedberg will get his first start in net tonight to show the Bruins coaches what he can do after being named the AHL Goalie of the Year last season in Providence. Svedberg played half of an earlier pre-season game that resulted in a Bruins 3-2 shootout win over the Caps in Baltimore (Rask played the first half). He stopped 12 of 13 shots through regulation and overtime.

"He’s getting a full game [Thursday]," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told media following the team's skate at TD Garden on Wednesday, before making the trip north of the border.

"And that means that we still have to look at him closely and decide which one of the two we’re going to start with."



11 Gregory Campbell
12 Jarome Iginla
17 Milan Lucic
18 Reilly Smith
20 Daniel Paille
21 Loui Eriksson
22 Shawn Thornton
23 Chris Kelly
25 Matt Fraser
32 Nick Johnson
34 Carl Soderberg
37 Patrice Bergeron
38 Jordon Caron
46 David Krejci
51 Ryan Spooner
52 Matt Lindblad
63 Brad Marchand


27 Dougie Hamilton
33 Zdeno Chara
43 Matt Bartkowski
44 Dennis Seidenberg
47 Torey Krug
54 Adam McQuaid
55 Johnny Boychuk
86 Kevan Miller


72 Niklas Svedberg
30 Chad Johnson
40 Tuukka Rask

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