Back in October, you could have been forgiven for thinking that a late-March Winnipeg-Boston matchup would be, well, something approaching irrelevant. Neither the Jets, who opened the season at +6600 to win the Stanley Cup, nor the Bruins, who were around +2500, were on the short list to hoist Lord Stanley.
They are now.
Winnipeg and Boston have already clinched playoff berths, and both are in good shape to host a first-round series. There is still more to play for, however, as the B’s (104 points) sit just two points behind Tampa for first place in the Atlantic Division, and the Jets (102 points) have an outside chance of stealing the Central from Nashville (107 points).
Believe it or not, this could be a Stanley Cup preview.
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Boston Bruins (+115) at Winnipeg Jets (-135) | O/U 5.5
8 p.m. ET
Banged-Up B’s: The Bruins are dealing with a litany of injuries. Top-pair defensemen Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy remain out, and top-six wingers David Backes, Jake DeBrusk and Rick Nash are also sidelined. — Michael Leboff
Winnipeg Wounded: Winnipeg is also dealing with some knocks to important players. Top-four defenseman Jacob Trouba is out with a concussion, and third-pair rearguard Tobias Enstrom is out for the season.