The Boston Bruins conclude their three-game road trip to begin the season with a matchup against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night at the MTS Centre.
For the B’s to close the trip on a successful note, they need better scoring depth throughout the lineup. As the stat in the tweet below illustrates, most of the offense generated has come from the top line.
In fact, Brad Marchand (two), David Backes (two) and David Pastrnak (three) have scored all seven of the team’s goals through two games. The only forward outside this trio with more than four shots on goal is Jimmy Hayes with six.
It’s tough to win when only one line is producing scoring chances and actual goals.
The Jets lineup has plenty of firepower and it has produced eight goals in two games. Former Bruins forward Blake Wheeler captains Winnipeg and anchors a talented top line that includes Patrik Laine — the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Laine has one goal and two assists in his first two games.
We should expect plenty of fast-paced action with lots of scoring chances at both ends.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams.
BOSTON BRUINS (1-1-0)
Brad Marchand–David Backes–David Pastrnak
Ryan Spooner–David Krejci–Danton Heinen
Matt Beleskey–Austin Czarnik–Jimmy Hayes
Dominic Moore–Riley Nash–Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara–Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug–Rob O’Gara
John-Michael Liles–Colin Miller
WINNIPEG JETS (1-1-0)
Patrik Laine–Mark Scheifele–Blake Wheeler
Nikolaj Ehlers–Mathieu Perreault–Drew Stafford
Kyle Connor–Alex Burmistrov–Joel Armia
Brandon Tanev–Adam Lowry–Shawn Matthias
Josh Morrissey–Dustin Byfuglien
Tobias Enstrom–Tyler Myers
Ben Chiarot–Paul Postma
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