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Winnipeg aims for third consecutive win; Boston forward Pastrnak eyes point in 12th straight game

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

JETS (24-16-4) at BRUINS (25-8-11)



The Game

David Pastrnak will try to extend his point streak to 12 games when the Boston Bruins play the Winnipeg Jets at TD Garden on Thursday.

The forward, who leads the NHL with 32 goals, has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) during his 11-game point streak, which is tied with Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi for the longest active run this season.

The Atlantic Division-leading Bruins are 5-1-5 in their past 11 games after ending an 0-1-2 stretch with a 6-2 win at the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

The Jets will look to stretch their winning streak to three games and their road point streak to five (3-0-1) after a 4-3 shootout victory at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.


Players to watch

Jets center Mark Scheifele has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his past nine games.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his past seven games.


They said it

"Sometimes you get off to a good start and you can ride that high throughout the game. But you get behind the eight ball and now all of a sudden it feels like you're pulling a weighted sled behind you." -- Jets forward Adam Lowry on playing the second of a back to back

"I played against Winnipeg a lot being in the Central Division and they're going to certainly rise to the occasion. We need to have a great game. We seem to get everyone's best game and we had some tough travel coming home from Nashville, getting home early too." -- Bruins forward David Backes


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Mathieu Perreault

Jansen Harkins -- Nicholas Shore -- Mason Appleton

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Luca Sbisa -- Neal Pionk

Sami Niku -- Anthony Bitetto

Laurent Brossoit

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Dmitry Kulikov, Carl Dahlstrom, Gabriel Bourque

Injured: Mark Letestu (heart virus), Bryan Little (head), Nathan Beaulieu (lower body)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Anders Bjork

Danton Heinen -- Charlie Coyle -- David Backes

Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

John Moore -- Matt Grzelcyk

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Steven Kampfer, Brett Ritchie, Par Lindholm

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


Status report

The Jets did not hold a morning skate. … Kulikov was activated from injured reserve after the defenseman missed 18 games with an upper-body injury. … Winnipeg placed forward Logan Shaw on waivers. … Krug missed the morning skate because of an illness and will be a game-time decision. … Nordstrom returns after missing one game with an illness and Backes plays for the first time in four games. They replace Lindholm and Ritchie.


Stat pack

Laine is one assist from 100 in his NHL career. … Pastrnak can become the third player in Bruins history to have multiple point streaks of at least 12 games in one season, joining Phil Esposito (15, 13 and 13 games) and Bobby Orr (15 and 12 games), who each did it in 1973-74.

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