Winnipeg Jets vs. Boston Bruins - 4/10/14
Boston Bruins (53-18-8) at Winnipeg Jets (35-35-10)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm (MTS Centre)
The Line: Winnipeg Jets +152 / Boston Bruins -167 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Bruins look to keep pace in the President’s Trophy race as they head into Winnipeg to take on the Jets at the MTS Centre.
The Bruins hold a three point edge over the St. Louis Blues for the top spot in the league standings and while winning the President’s Trophy doesn’t mean much if you don’t win the Stanley Cup it is still nice to reflect on and be rewarded for all your hard work during the season. Boston is far and away the class of the Eastern Conference and are certainly at the very least a co-favourite to win the Stanley Cup just a season after losing in heartbreaking fashion to the Chicago Blackhawks. Boston is as deep as any team in the league and their +83 goal differential is tops in the game by a wide margin meaning they can score with the best of them and have one of the stingiest blue lines and goaltenders in the league. The Bruins have just one regulation loss in their last 10 contests and take on a Jets team who has been the definition of mediocre all season. Tuukka Rask gets the call as he goes up against Ondrej Pavelec.
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The Jets were expected to break through this season but after the shift from the modest Southeast division into the very competitive Central division which is as good as it gets in hockey it is evident they aren’t at the same level as some of the game’s elite. Winnipeg does have a pretty solid team and now have a coach committed to winning with this group as Paul Maurice took over mid season but some chemistry issues have the team in a state of uncertainty. Evander Kane who has been one of the faces of the franchise since they moved to Winnipeg continues his off ice antics and the relationship between Kane and the front office has grown cold which could spell the end of the talented forward’s tenure in Winnipeg. All of these issues have to be resolved heading into next season but for the final stretch of the year I think Winnipeg will play with some conviction. Surely the Bruins are the better team but I think the Jets have a great shot here and I think they play in this one as if it’s a playoff game for their loyal fans.