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Preview: Jets VS. Bruins

The Winnipeg Jets take on the Boston Bruins Thursday night at the MTS Centre.

Thursday, 26.09.2013 / 10:40 AM / Community
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There are just two games remainging in pre-season and both are coming against the Bruins. The first is tonight at the MTS Centre followed by the back-to-back Friday night in Saskatoon, SK.

The Jets are down to 26 players after reassigning Adam Lowry, Eric O'Dell, Ivan Telegin and Andrew Gordon (pending waivers) to St. John's and returning Josh Morrissey to his respective WHL Prince Albert Raiders team on Tuesday. Most recently, the Jets also reassigned goaltender Eddie Pasquale to join the IceCaps in St.John's.

Today on-ice, all 26 players were skating. There were nine defence, 15 forwards and two goaltenders. Claude Noel said they will try to get as close to the regular season lineup as possible for tomorrow's game. For tonight, it's one last chance for a few bubble-players to strut their stuff and show they deserve to make this roster.

"We're going to try to get as close as we can tomorrow," said Noel. "We were hoping to do that today but it was depending on nagging injuries, that's one of the problems we face.  You have to decide are you going to put your lineup for exhibition or look to be healthy for the regular season. That's the ball we have to juggle."  

UP FRONT: Blake Wheeler was sporting a red no-contact jersey today during the pre-game skate and is reported to be day-to-day. With that said, Coach Noel hinted to media that Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd also would not play tonight, leaving the following assumed (from the morning skate) lines:

9-12-67
17-55-40
27-19-22
15-28-14

BLUELINE: Zach Bogosian will not play tonight as he is also day-to-day with a minor injury. Which six of the remaining eight defensemen will have to wait until game time.


GOALTENDING: Ondrej Pavelec will get his second start in net tonight against the Bruins tonight with Al Montoya backing him up.

JETS ROSTER


FORWARDS

9 Evander Kane
12 Olli Jokinen
14 Anthony Peluso
15 Matt Halischuk
16 Andrew Ladd
17 James Wright
18 Bryan Little
19 Jim Slater
22 Chris Thorburn
26 Blake Wheeler
27 Eric Tangradi
28 Patrice Cormier
40 Devin Setoguchi
55 Mark Scheifele
67 Michael Frolik

DEFENCE

2 Adam Pardy
3 Jacob Trouba
4 Paul Postma
5 Mark Stuart
24 Grant Clitsome
25 Zach Redmond
33 Dustin Byfuglien
39 Tobias Enstrom


GOALTENDERS

31 Ondrej Pavelec
35 Al Montoya

BRUINS NOTABLES

Niklas Svedberg will get his first start in net tonight to show the Bruins coaches what he can do after being named the AHL Goalie of the Year last season in Providence. Svedberg played half of an earlier pre-season game that resulted in a Bruins 3-2 shootout win over the Caps in Baltimore (Rask played the first half). He stopped 12 of 13 shots through regulation and overtime.

"He’s getting a full game [Thursday]," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told media following the team's skate at TD Garden on Wednesday, before making the trip north of the border.

"And that means that we still have to look at him closely and decide which one of the two we’re going to start with."

BRUINS ROSTER

FORWARDS

11 Gregory Campbell
12 Jarome Iginla
17 Milan Lucic
18 Reilly Smith
20 Daniel Paille
21 Loui Eriksson
22 Shawn Thornton
23 Chris Kelly
25 Matt Fraser
32 Nick Johnson
34 Carl Soderberg
37 Patrice Bergeron
38 Jordon Caron
46 David Krejci
51 Ryan Spooner
52 Matt Lindblad
63 Brad Marchand

DEFENCE

27 Dougie Hamilton
33 Zdeno Chara
43 Matt Bartkowski
44 Dennis Seidenberg
47 Torey Krug
54 Adam McQuaid
55 Johnny Boychuk
86 Kevan Miller

GOALTENDERS

72 Niklas Svedberg
30 Chad Johnson
40 Tuukka Rask

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01