Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand continue to be the engine that drives the Boston Bruins, who will host one of the league’s best teams, the Winnipeg Jets, on Friday.
Bergeron and Marchand, who had seven points between them on Boston’s win over the Florida Panthers Monday to remain unbeaten at home in regulation, are the common denominator on the Bruin’s top line, which often features a different third man, either David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk or Taylor Hall.
The captain and the assistant captain have factored on the same goal 392 times, which ranks second in Bruins history behind Phil Esposito and Ken Hodge (406) and second among active NHL players behind Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom (499).
Kyle Connor and Josh Morrissey each bring a 10-game point streak into this game for the Jets, whose goalies are second to the Bruins in team save percentage.
Morrisey leads all NHL defensemen in assists (32) and is second in points (38). Both numbers top last season’s career-highs achieved in 79 games.
Boston is +600 to win the Stanley Cup, while the Jets sit at +4000.
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Carlo Gets on the Board for Bruins
Brandon Carlo finally got off the schneid with his first goal of the season in the win over the Panthers, becoming the 21st Bruin to do so.
The defenseman hadn’t lit the lamp since April last season, but he has saved far more goals with his defending, especially on the penalty kill, than he will ever score.
“Something I haven’t tried to focus on too much,” the 26-year-old told the media. “I was focusing on getting my opportunities each game. I knew it would come soon.”
Carlo, who has averaged 3:35 minutes on the penalty kill, scored six goals last season, which matched his career-high from his rookie season of 2016-17.
“He’s been awesome defensively,” first-year head coach Jim Montgomery told the media. “The last 10-15 games, Brandon has been playing great hockey.”
Stenlund Looks to Stick With Jets
Kevin Stenlund has made a case for sticking around with the Jets by scoring a goal and winning faceoffs at a solid clip in his five games with the team.
The 26-year-old center, who was recalled from the Manitoba Moose on Dec. 11, played four seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, appearing in 32 games twice.
The Swede had an assist in his first game with the Jets and added a goal in Tuesday’s win over the Senators. He has also won 56.8% of his faceoffs.
“He’s been good for us,” head coach Rick Bowness told the media. “He’s winning a lot of faceoffs and we’re getting control of the puck and trying to do something with it..”
Jets vs Bruins Game Injuries
Jets vs Bruins Head-to-Head
The Bruins have won four straight and eight of 11 games against the Jets. Seven of the last eight meetings have been decided by one goal, including three in a shootout.
Boston holds a 40-25-2 advantage in the series, including 23-8-2 at home.
Jets vs Bruins Game Information
- Game: Jets (22-10-1) vs Bruins (25-4-2)
- Location: TD Garden, Boston, MA
- Day/Time: Thursday, Dec. 22, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Jets vs Bruins Live Stream: NHL.TV
Jets vs Bruins Betting Lines
Jets vs Bruins Picks & Prediction
The NHL lines once again have the Bruins as big favorites at home. Boston is just 3-3 in December when they’re -190 or greater favorites on the moneyline.
Winnipeg has been solid on the road (9-5-1) but is just 7-7 as an underdog.
Boston is listed at -240 in our Las Vegas odds. This means that if you wager $100 on the Bruins, you have a chance to win $42. Winnipeg is +200, offering a chance to win $200 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Boston a 70.59% chance to win, with the Jets 33.33%.