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Preview: Jets at Bruins

Boston without forward David Pastrnak; goalie Michael Hutchinson starts for Winnipeg

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

JETS (9-8-2) at BRUINS (10-7-0)

7 p.m. ET; SN, NESN, NHL.TV

 

Jets team scope

Goaltender Michael Hutchinson will start for the Winnipeg Jets. It's his first start since making 25 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss at the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 11. Hutchinson, who was selected by the Boston Bruins in the third round (No. 77) of the 2008 NHL Draft, has a 2-0-1 record with a 1.58 goals-against average and .954 save percentage against Boston. He has a 2-3-2 record with a 3.15 GAA and .896 save percentage this season. "Mike's had a real good week," coach Paul Maurice said. "He's played well in his games. Didn't want to leave him out too long." The Jets are playing the second game of their season-long five-game road trip, which started with a 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. Forward Mark Scheifele is tied with Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the NHL lead in points with 22. Forward Patrik Laine leads the League with 12 goals.

 

Bruins team scope

Forward David Pastrnak, who leads the Bruins with 10 goals, will miss his second straight game because of an upper-body injury. The Bruins had won three in a row before they lost 1-0 to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday without Pastrnak in the lineup. "There's certain things we can do better," coach Claude Julien said. "I think we've showed it, we've talked about it. Pastrnak is definitely one of our guys who's been our most lethal weapon so far but at the same time ... I'd hate to think that because we're missing one player we can't score anymore. So I think it's up to other guys to step it up." Goaltender Tuukka Rask, who is 10-2-0 with a 1.49 GAA and .947 save percentage, will make his fifth straight start.

 

Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Marko Dano -- Nic Petan -- Blake Wheeler

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Quinton Howden -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Chris Thorburn

Josh Morrissey -- Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom -- Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot -- Paul Postma

Michael Hutchinson

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Chase DeLeo

Injured: Bryan Little (lower body), Drew Stafford (upper body), Mark Stuart (lower body), Mark Stuart (lower body), Shawn Matthias (lower body) Joel Armia (lower body), Mathieu Perreault (upper body), Tyler Myers (lower body), Kyle Connor (upper body)

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- Riley Nash

Ryan Spooner -- David Krejci -- David Backes

Matt Beleskey -- Dominic Moore -- Austin Czarnik

Sean Kuraly -- Tim Schaller -- Jimmy Hayes

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

Joe Morrow -- John-Michael Liles

Tuukka Rask

Zane McIntyre

Scratched: Colin Miller

Injured: David Pastrnak (upper body), Noel Acciari (lower body), Anton Khudobin (upper body), Kevan Miller (hand)

 

Status report

Maurice said Hellebuyck will start against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. Stafford will miss his 14th straight game but could return against the Hurricanes or against Minnesota on Wednesday. ... Pastrnak skated on his own after the Bruins skated. Khudobin, who last played Oct. 22, was cleared to play and was assigned to Providence of the American Hockey League; he's expected to play against Springfield on a conditioning assignment Saturday.

 

Who's hot

Dano and Petan have three-game point streaks. Each has one goal and two assists in that span. ... Krejci has two goals and four assists in his past six games.

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