Bruins Winnipeg Matinee: Hangover Cure
For those Boston sports fans waking up this morning to the horror of their beloved Patriots handing their tickets to New Orleans over to the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game last night...I come bearing good news.
The Bruins host the Winnipeg Jets in today's MLK Day matinee game. Okay so no one is a huge fan of matinee games...too early, too many kids, too many grumpy parents not drinking because of kids...the list goes on, but at the risk of sounding like Dan Shaughnessy, this might as well be a "gimme" for the black and gold.
The Good News:
This is the first of three meetings for the Jets and Bruins, last season the two split their 4 games, with the home teams taking the victories every time.
Winnipeg also is not necessarily known for their road shows, last year only holding a 14-22-5 record when not hosting in the Canadian tundra. Also helping the Bruins cause is the Jets' 4-1 loss in their season opener to the Ottawa Saturday night. Despite Dustin Byfuglien's big start, the Jets just couldn't keep up with Erik Karlsson and his Senators.
The Bruins also should be very confident after defeating the team everyone has been prematurely naming the "2013 Eastern Conference Champions". They were more physical, faster and overall more Ol' Time Hockey than New York...which is how the Bruins should be. That being said, 3-1 is not a bad score considering Henrik Lundqvist was the only blue sweater that actually showed up at TD Garden Saturday night.
Tuukka Rask also seems to be very comfortable being #1, no longer a 1B or whatever kindergarten story they told him to ease the pain of really being a #2 to Thomas.
Nathan Horton did not miss a step and certainly did not look the part of a two time concussion sufferer who did not play during the lockout. With Horty back and Milan Lucic looking like a man on a mission, this revamped and well rested Bruins team just might be able to get Boston sports fans to say "Patriots who?".
The Bad News:
Well, not necessarily bad...just not good. The Bruins seem to find themselves in familiar territory with a rather anemic power play. I know, I know, its only been one game but they went 0-7 on the PP Saturday night and Coach Julien did mix the man advantage up to try and make it work. Krejci on the point, Horton in the slot, Zdeno Chara up top, Lucic in front and Seguin taking the lead seems like a dream team however they just couldn't deliver.
Mixing in Rich Peverley for Krejci, Gregory Campbell for Lucic and even the noobies, Dougie Hamilton and Chris Bourque, the B's simply could not connect and increase the lead.
This is a very short season and there is no team that can afford a warm up. If the Bruins want to play into late spring then they are going to need to figure that one out...and fast.
So as this may not be the most exciting game of the season, it should be a fair distraction to both the heartache from last night's NFL embarrassment and the hangover you're nursing because of it. Look for the B's to win by at least two.
Where to Find It:
TD Bank Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
98.5 The Sports Hub
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