Even though the Jets are playing back-to-back nights and their third game in four nights, their battles with the Bruins are usually highly entertaining. The last four meetings have turned out to be one goal games. For two teams that play in opposite conferences, it tends to be physical as well.
"We're built the same way. They've got some big bodies, we've got some big bodies," said Blake Wheeler in January of 2019 following a 4-3 shootout win in Boston.
"They play really fast. We play really fast. That's a heck of a team over there."
KEEP TURNOVERS DOWN
Paul Maurice is glad the Jets are done with the Maple Leafs for the rest of the regular season. In the two games with Toronto, the Jets combined for 27 giveaways. For the most part though, Maurice feels his team is getting closer to the style of play he expects and that is important with a well-rested Bruins team being the opponent tonight.
"It's always a bigger picture than the game you are playing in and it's the style of game that you are playing," said Maurice last night.
"I thought we made some positive steps in Montreal to playing that and I thought after the first period here (in Toronto), we got back to it."
PENALTY KILL IMPROVING
For the first time since Dec. 10-12, the Jets were perfect in the penalty kill in back-to-back games. They killed all three Maple Leaf power plays and went two-for-two in Montreal on Tuesday. On top of that, they have a shorthanded tally in their last two games.
"We were on it and aggressive, skating and pushing the issue," said Maurice.
"Having Andrew Copp makes a big, big difference back there but also Tucker Poolman's kind of coming quietly coming into our penalty kill and had an impact."
WHEELER VS. BRUINS
Of course the Jets captain was a one-time Bruin and he has had some success point wise against the team he broke into the NHL with. Wheeler is averaging a point-per-game against the Bruins over the last four seasons with eight points (3G, 5A) in eight matchups against Boston.
BRUINS RECENTLY ENDED SLUMP
Boston ended a three game losing streak on Tuesday when they knocked off the Nashville Predators on the road 6-2. The Bruins have only lost two games on home ice in regulation and are coasting in the Atlantic, holding a seven point cushion on the red-hot Maple Leafs.