Boston Bruins Ready to Host Winnipeg Jets for First Time Since 1995

Derek RobinsonContributor IIINovember 26, 2011

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 18:  Rich Peverley #49 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal in the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 18, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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One day after their dropping their first possible point in the month of November, the Boston Bruins head right back to work against an old friend in the Winnipeg Jets.

Boston lost via shootout to the Detroit Red Wings in the Discover Thanksgiving Showdown yesterday afternoon.

The Jets franchise hasn't visited Boston as the Winnipeg Jets since 1995, but their former team—Atlanta Thrashers—have been to the Garden a bit more recently.

They haven't fared well against the Bruins in those recent meetings.

Boston won its final eight meetings on home ice with the Atlanta Thrashers, its last loss coming on March 31, 2007.

Bruins forward Rich Peverley will look to make his old franchise realize their mistake in trading him to Boston last February. The Thrashers acquired defenseman Mark Stuart and forward Blake Wheeler from the Bruins in that trade, and both players are expected to suit up in tonight's clash.

When asked about the trade this morning, Peverley expressed gratitude and respect for the now-Winnipeg organization. After one reporter implied that the Peverley "dodged a bullet" by being traded to Boston, the Bruins forward explained that it wasn't so simple.

"[The Thrashers] organization gave me a great opportunity, took me off waivers, and I was able to play with some great players over there," Peverley answered. "It was a big part of my career. There are a lot of guys over there I have great friendships with. It’ll be nice to see them on the ice."

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 25:  Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his goal with Henrik Zetterberg as Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins reacts on November 25, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Seeing his old teammates on the ice will be nice for a little while, but it will be all business for Boston once the puck drops at the opening faceoff.

After a disappointing 3-2 shootout loss to Detroit yesterday, the Bruins have taken 21 of a possible 22 points in their 11 November games. The success has been remarkable, but it certainly is not satisfying for a Boston team that still trails Toronto by one point in the Northeast Division.

To pick up their 22nd and 23rd points of the season, the Bruins will need to make sure they come out strong. Against a weaker opponent whom they have enjoyed sustained success against, complacency will be a killer that could quickly crush much of the momentum they have gathered throughout the past four weeks.

For Winnipeg, the goal will be to weather the storm early and take the TD Garden crowd out of the game. The Jets will need to add timely scoring from their top players if they wish to take down the defending Stanley Cup champs.

Tim Thomas is expected to be back between the pipes for Boston after Tuukka Rask took the shootout loss to Detroit yesterday.

For Winnipeg, it could be Ondrej Pavelec back in the crease after backup Chris Mason started last night against Carolina. Mason, however, picked up a 3-1 win in that contest, so the Jets may elect to ride the hot hand instead.

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