Boston Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets - 1/4/14
Winnipeg Jets (19-19-5) at Boston Bruins (27-12-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -186 / Winnipeg Jets +169 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Jets look to avenge a loss in their last outing as they head to the TD Garden in Boston to take on a Bruins team who leads the Atlantic division.
The Jets are a team many expected to compete for a Western Conference playoff spot this season but more than half way through the season the Jets find themselves on the outside looking in and are a whopping 23 points behind the division leading Blackhawks. Much of the Winnipeg futility stems from their own shortcomings but they also play in a ridiculously competitive division and the Western Conference in general is much better than the East as most of the game’s top teams play in Winnipeg’s group. The Jets are a decent team that should be doing much better than they are and while they do tend to show up against some of the game’s better teams I don’t think this is a very good spot for them as the Bruins are a top notch club and play very well at home.
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Boston will look to distance themselves from the rest of the pack in the Atlantic division as they currently hold a two point edge over the Lightning and have another handful hot on their tails in what is one of more intriguing divisional battles. The Bruins do trail the Penguins by five points in the Eastern Conference standings but they do hold two games in hand and can make up some ground with a big victory here against the Jets on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins are a team that you can pencil into the playoffs already as they are built for postseason hockey and while their season ended in heartbreak last year I expect them to fully recover and challenge for the Cup once again in April. The Bruins can get caught in let down spots but I don’t see this being one of them as I think they hold the advantage in every significant aspect of the game. Take the Bruins at home.