WINNIPEG After getting an off night against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, goaltender Tuukka Rask is back in the saddle against the Winnipeg Jets after hopping onto the ice as the first Bruins skater for pregame warm-ups at the MTS Centre. Rask is 6-1-2 with a 2.07 goals against average and a .919 save percentage this season for the Black and Gold.
Hell be opposed by Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who had one of his best games of the season in a shootout loss to the Jets earlier this season.
Milan Lucic is out of the lineup for personal reasons, and 38-year-old free agent signee Jay Pandolfo will be making his Boston Bruins debut before the team he grew up rooting for in Burlington, Mass. Pandolfo will join the fourth line in Sundays game, and the rest of the forward lineup will be a little scrambled with Rich Peverley filling into Milan Lucics vacant spot. Here are the expected forward lines and defense pairings for Sundays game against the Jets:
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while ready for the Chris Sale era to begin with the Red Sox in a 1975 throwback uniform at Fenway’s opening day.
*Larry Brooks says that the New York Rangers are in “deep trouble” despite all of the goals that they’re scoring, and here’s why.
*The New York Islanders are playing with fire when it comes to John Tavares potentially leaving if they can’t find a running mate for him.
*Good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Spector about Kris Russell defying the analytical critics with his work for the Edmonton Oilers.
*Scary scene with the New Jersey Devils and Vancouver Canucks where Taylor Hall knocked out Philip Larsen with a hit, and then touched a brawl where the unconscious Larsen was kicked in the head a couple of times.
*Here’s some very good news about former B’s forward Craig Cunningham, who has begun communicating with his AHL teammates through Facetime calls and is alert, joking and sounding like somebody that’s starting to make a slow recovery from whatever mysterious thing caused him to collapse prior to a Roadrunners game.
*Flyers D-man Shayne Gostisbehere has made such a splash with the Broad Street Bullies that he’s got a “Ghost Bear” beer named after him.
*For something completely different: The first trailer for "Spider Man: Homecoming" is going to be shown during Jimmy Kimmel, and it’s looking pretty cool in this snippet.