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Rask expected in goal for Boston; Winnipeg trying to end four-game losing streak

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

BRUINS (29-10-12) at JETS (25-22-4)



The Game

Goalie Tuukka Rask is expected to play for the first time since Jan. 14 when the Bruins face the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Friday.

Rask practiced Thursday with no issues. He sustained a concussion during a 3-0 loss at the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Bruins will play their first game since a 3-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Jan. 21. Boston is 2-2-1 in its past five games.

Laurent Brossoit will start in goal for the Jets, who are looking to end a season-long four-game losing streak, during which they have been outscored 20-7. It's Winnipeg's first game since a 4-3 loss at Columbus on Jan. 22.


Players to watch

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in his past 18 games. He leads the NHL with 37 goals.

Jets forward Kyle Connor has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in his past 12 games.


They said it

"We're going to look at the Jets' tendencies, less about what they did before the break, more about what they're capable of, their top-end guys and where we feel we can expose them." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy

"Especially against the really good team that Boston is, we've got to play simple. We can't just be toe-dragging it all night. They're going to make us pay." -- Jets forward Patrik Laine


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Danton Heinen -- David Krejci -- Karson Kuhlman

Jake DeBrusk -- Charlie Coyle -- Anders Bjork

Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Jeremy Lauzon -- Matt Grzelcyk

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: John Moore, Par Lindholm, Dan Vladar

Injured: Kevan Miller (knee), Connor Clifton (upper body)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Mason Appleton

Mathieu Perreault -- Andrew Copp -- Jack Roslovic

Gabriel Bourque -- Nicholas Shore -- Jansen Harkins

Josh Morrissey -- Neal Pionk

Dmitry Kulikov -- Sami Niku

Anthony Bitetto -- Luca Sbisa

Laurent Brossoit

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Logan Shaw, Cameron Schilling

Injured: Nathan Beaulieu (lower body), Adam Lowry (upper body) Carl Dahlstrom (broken hand), Mark Letestu (heart virus), Bryan Little (head), Tucker Poolman (lower body)


Status report

The Bruins recalled Kuhlman and Lauzon from Providence of the American Hockey League on Thursday. … The Jets recalled Schilling, a defenseman, and Shaw, a forward, from Manitoba of the AHL on Thursday. … Beaulieu, a defenseman, and Little, a center, skated Thursday but will not play Friday.


Stat pack

The Bruins are 5-2-2 against Central Division opponents this season, and 10-3-3 against the Western Conference. … Wagner will play his 300th NHL game. … The Jets are 11-11-2 at home this season and play nine of their next 10 games at Bell MTS Place. … Scheifele, who will play his 500th NHL game, has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his past 12 games.

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