The Bruins will have their hands full tonight after losing Brad Marchand for five games, and facing off against one of the only teams that has found a way to beat them since November -- the Winnipeg Jets (TV/Radio: NESN/WBZ-FM).
It's old news now, but Bruins forward Brad Marchand will be out for five games before being able to play with his team again, after Brendan Shanahan suspended him for a clipping call back on Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.
But the B's have had to move on, and based on the lines during the morning skate, Benoit Pouliot will be taking the place of Marchand for now on the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin. Pouliot replaced Marchand on that line the game prior to Vancouver, when the B's ousted the Flames 9-0. Marchand was out with flu-like symptoms.
In that game, Pouliot put up three assists on his line.
"Yeah, well it says that we've got depth and we back each other up when we‟re missing one of our best players," Pouliot said after that game. "Some guys needed to step up, and obviously props to our goalies. Our goalies have been playing awesome all year long and we just keep scoring goals and sometimes 6-0 after the 2nd but we still need to push hard and we don't want to stop scoring."
That push and drive needs to continue tonight as the Bruins will play host to the Winnipeg Jets--one of the only teams that has given them some significant struggles this year.
The Bruins are 1-1-0 against them, and this will be the first time this season the Bruins will play them in a non-back-to-back game situation.
The game will be broadcast live on NESN and aired on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the puck drops at 7 p.m.