It was a tough night in Philadelphia for the Jets on Monday, as they were stymied by Carter Hart in net. The 22-year-old has kept the Flyers together in the face of countless injuries to their goaltenders. He has been a gem in the rough for the Flyers this season, who may have found a long-term solution between the pipes. We’ll see how he progresses in the next couple of years, though.
We’ve seen guys show success in the short-term before and they end up fading away. However, if I had to venture a guess, Hart isn’t going anywhere and he’s going to be a fixture in net for the foreseeable future. The Jets were victims of his hot hand in Philadelphia last night.
Winnipeg stays on the road, focusing their attention on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden tonight. The Bruins last played on January 19th against the Rangers before going on their break. It resulted in a 3-2 loss, which was the Bruins third loss in their previous four outings.
Boston have been all over the place this season. They’ve looked like a dysfunctional team at times, and in other instances, are playing like a team who can beat anyone. So, what is it? We’re going to find out in the next few months what this Bruins team is really made of.
Their defence and physical play would be a great asset in the playoffs. In a year that has seen scoring up, teams that can muddy a game up and slow things down with their defence can only help out. The Bruins are currently in possession of the first wildcard in the Eastern Conference. The Pens had the ability to jump over them last night, but faltered against the Devils in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, over in the Western Conference, the Jets failed to break a 64-point deadlock with the Predators in the Central. Nashville aren’t playing again tonight, so there is another opportunity to grab the sole lead in Boston tonight. Get our free Jets vs. Bruins pick below.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Boston Bruins Pick
Laurent Brossoit played another sharp game for the Jets last night, but it wasn’t enough against Carter Hart. With Brossoit starting against the Flyers, the Jets will opt to go with Connor Hellebuyck against the Bruins. Both have been solid options for Winnipeg in net. They are likely to just ride the hot hand moving forward, but Hellebuyck’s experience in the playoffs will be valuable.
Going back to before the All-Star break, the Jets lost and then they opened with another loss in their return after the break. Nevertheless, it’s tough not to feel comfortable with a record of 31-16-1. Despite the two losses, the Jets are going to be fine. Will they be fine against the Bruins tonight, though?
The Bruins have been a capable squad at home in 2018-19. Note that they’ve scored 3.48 goals per game to just 2.44 goals allowed per game in their own arena. They enter with a record of 17-7-1 in Boston, though have dropped three of their previous four games at TD Garden.
The 3-2 loss to the Rangers was the worst of the bunch. Oddsmakers have inserted the Bruins as healthy favourites in this matchup. I know the Jets just played last night and lost, but the Bruins still shouldn’t be laying over -150 against Winnipeg. It might be to their advantage that they get right back on the ice tonight.
They were coming off a break, so tired legs shouldn’t be an issue regardless of a back-to-back. It could help in the sense that they’ve had an opportunity to shake off the rust, while the Bruins hit the ice for the first time since the 19th. Expect a better effort from the Jets on Tuesday night, and as decent underdogs, they look like a value play in the NHL.