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Bruins turn back to Rask; Jets to start Hellebuyck

Boston plays next six games on the road

by Patrick Williams / Correspondent

BRUINS (28-19-6) at JETS (24-26-3)

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NESN, TSN3, NHL.TV

WINNIPEG -- The Boston Bruins begin a six-game road trip when they visit the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Thursday. 

Fresh off a 9-2 home loss against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, Bruins coach Claude Julien will turn back to goaltender Tuukka Rask against Winnipeg. Julien pulled Rask after he allowed five goals in that loss. 


Julien will make one change to his lineup. Left wing Matt Beleskey will move to the second line with center David Krejci and right wing David Pastrnak. Loui Eriksson will drop to the third line and take Beleskey's vacated spot. 

"He's working hard," Julien said of Beleskey. "He's being the gritty player that we asked him to be. There is no doubt that he would like to maybe produce a little bit more. It's not from a lack of trying. It's just one of those situations where his [physical play] creates room for other players; he does shoot the puck a lot and does go to the front of the net." 

There will be an emphasis on simplifying play after Los Angeles had 57 shots on Tuesday. 

"We play better when we play simply," Bruins center Max Talbot said. 

Winnipeg makes a stop home for one game in between a just-completed 2-0-0 Central Division road trip and a four-game trip that starts Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers. 

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck will make his second start in a row for the Jets. 

Jets coach Paul Maurice can sympathize with the Bruins. In the Jets' most recent home loss Feb. 5, they allowed four first-period goals in a 4-3 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes. That game sparked the Jets in their next two games, according to Maurice. 

"[It was] not a major shift," Maurice said. "You don't need it to travel 100 miles to get to where you need to get to. We're just a little bit better with our focus through 60 minutes. 

"Sometimes that comes from what the Boston Bruins are bringing in here. We really didn't like our Carolina game. [The players] didn't like that game. You get that focus back and you have success, so it's little easier to stay on target." 

Former Bruins forward Blake Wheeler expects the same from Boston. 

"We understand we're going to get their best game," Wheeler said. "It's going to be a real challenge for us." 

Here are the projected lineups: 

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Brett Connolly   
Matt Beleskey - David Krejci - David Pastrnak   
Loui Eriksson - Ryan Spooner - Jimmy Hayes   
Zac Rinaldo - Max Talbot - Tyler Randell  

Zdeno Chara - Zach Trotman   
Joe Morrow - Dennis Seidenberg   
Torey Krug - Kevan Miller   

Tuukka Rask   
Jonas Gustavsson   

Injured: Chris Kelly (broken femur), Adam McQuaid (upper body) 
Scratched: Landon Ferraro, Colin Miller  

Nikolaj Ehlers - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler 
Mathieu Perreault - Mark Scheifele - Drew Stafford  
Andrew Ladd - Adam Lowry - Joel Armia  
Chris Thorburn - Andrew Copp - Alexander Burmistrov  

Toby Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien  
Ben Chiarot - Tyler Myers  
Mark Stuart - Jacob Trouba  

Connor Hellebuyck 
Michael Hutchinson  

Injured: Grant Clitsome (back), Ondrej Pavelec (knee) 
Scratched: Adam Pardy, Anthony Peluso, Paul Postma  

Status report: McQuaid remains day-to-day. … Pavelec skated Thursday as he recovers from a knee injury sustained Nov. 21. "We'll get a handoff here in the next couple of days where [the medical staff] is 100 percent for him, and then it's going to be on me to decide," Maurice said. 

Who's hot: Marchand has a four-game goal streak (five goals) and 10 goals in his past 11 games. … Ladd has three goals in his past four games.

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