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The Boston Bruins may be atop the Northeast Division, but they haven't won back-to-back games in over a month.
Rich Peverley being injured isn't likely to help, but facing the Winnipeg Jets might.
The Bruins look to withstand Peverley's absence Friday night when they attempt to continue their dominance of the Jets franchise.
Boston (35-18-2) leads the Northeast by four points over second-place Ottawa. The Bruins have struggled to pull away due to a 7-7-1 stretch since winning consecutive games Jan. 10 and 12.
That inconsistency nearly cost them in the opener of a six-game road trip Wednesday. They squandered a two-goal, third-period lead before Tyler Seguin scored in the shootout to secure a 4-3 win at Montreal.
"We had a great first two periods, we didn't have a bad third period, but obviously we did some little things that we should've done," left wing Daniel Paille told the team's official website. "But it (was) a good sign for us and our consistency, and we need to start winning a couple of games - going back-and-forth isn't going to help us."
The Bruins' search for consistency will have to be done without Peverley, who hurt his knee in a collision with Montreal's Hal Gill and returned to Boston for further evaluation.
The center has 38 points, getting three in three season meetings with the Jets (27-26-6).
Boston is 14-2-1 in its last 17 meetings with the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise, beating the Jets 5-3 on Jan. 10 behind three unanswered goals in the third period.
The Bruins weren't as fortunate at MTS Centre on Dec. 6, losing 2-1.
Seguin missed that game with the flu, but he found the net in the victory at Boston last month. The second-year center is tied with Milan Lucic for the team lead with 20 goals, while his 45 points rank second.
Seguin, however, is goalless in four games and has just one in his last eight.
The Jets are opening a season-high eight-game homestand, and they're 16-9-2 at MTS Centre. They're also trying to build on the momentum created from Thursday's 4-3 shootout win at Minnesota.
"That extra point was huge," left wing Evander Kane said. "This gives us a lot of energy moving forward."
Kane is looking to build on his own impressive performance, scoring two goals and assisting on another against the Wild before netting the shootout winner. He had just one goal and two assists and a minus-8 rating over the previous 14 contests.
Still, he's the Jets' leader with a career-high 21 goals.
Kane has four goals and one assist in his last eight meetings with the Bruins, but hasn't managed a point in the past two.
Ondrej Pavelec will likely be back in net after backup Chris Mason made 22 saves through regulation and three more in the shootout Thursday.
Pavelec has lost his last two starts while surrendering 10 goals on 63 shots. He owns a 3.50 goals-against average while going 3-5-1 in 11 meetings with the Bruins, getting pulled three times.
Pavelec, though, was outstanding while making 39 saves in the last matchup in Winnipeg.
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Boston Bruins center Rich Peverley will be sidelined four-to-six weeks after suffering a third degree MCL sprain in his right knee, general manager Peter Chiarelli announced on Friday.
Peverley suffered the injury during Wednesday's 4-3 shootout win over the rival Montreal Canadiens.
The 29-year-old Peverley has collected nine goals, 29 assists and 20 penalty minutes this season.
Game-day in Winnipeg comes with a dose of bad news. By dose, I mean cup. Boston winger Rich Peverley will be out for the next four to six weeks with a 'third degree' MCL sprain. The injury came on an uncalled knee-on-knee hit from Montreal's (who was traded to Nashville as I wrote this) Hal Gill.
Adding to the Boston woes headlined by the concussion to Nathan...
The one drawback of the Bruins 4-3 shootout victory in Montreal on Wednesday night was the loss of forward Rich Peverley to a knee injury. Peverley has been sent back to Boston for further evaluation and will miss at least the rest of the road trip for the B's. Peverley's absence is a huge loss for a Bruins squad that has been offensively challenged of late, but the loss...
The NHL trade deadline is approaching and more and more, it looks like the Bruins may have to seriously pursue some help up front. With winger Nathan Horton already out indefinitely with a concussion, the B's could be without Rich Peverley in the near future. Claude Julien told reporters on Thursday in Montreal that the forward is being sent back to Boston to be evaluated after...
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(Boston) - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that forward Rich Peverley will be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a third degree MCL sprain in his right knee during the club’s game against the Montreal Canadiens on February 15.
WINNIPEG Good morning from the MTS Centre, where the Bruins will face off against the Jets tonight. This is the second match of their six-game road trip. Rich Peverley (knee) will not play tonight. Peverley is not expected to...
The Bruins bounced back from Tuesday's loss to the Rangers with a much-needed win in Montreal to kick off a six-game road trip on Wednesday. But that victory did come at a price. It was a physical affair with the Canadiens surprisingly getting the better of many of the confrontations. Montreal had a 27-16 edge in hits, and stitches and ice packs were in high demand in the Bruins...
Bruins center Rich Peverley will be out the next four to six weeks after suffering a knee injury against the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday.
Bruins winger Rich Peverley, who was injured in a knee-on-knee hit with Montreal's Hal Gill last night at the Bell Centre, returned to Boston this morning and will be evaluated by team doctors, according to coach Claude Julien.
Rich Peverley, smacked with a knee-on-knee hit Wednesday night in Montreal compliments of ex-Bruin Hal Gill , returned to Boston yesterday while his teammates flew to Winnipeg.
Peverley Out 4-6 Weeks with MCL Sprain
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that forward Rich Peverley will be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a third degree MCL sprain in his right knee during the club’s game ag...
The Bruins will have a new look to their lines when they take on the Jets in their final visit to Winnipeg on Friday. Forward Rich Peverley suffered a third-degree MCL sprain in his right knee when hit by Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill in Montreal on Wednesday. Peverley will be out 4-6 weeks, joining fellow forward Nathan Horton (concussion) on the sidelines. Peverley had replaced...
While Shanny and everyone else were ******** about Marchand's hipcheck, the Boston Bruins learned that Dick Peverley will be out 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprain thanks to an awful knee-on-knee hit from Hal "Pylon" Gill. From the Bruins:Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that forward Rich Peverley will be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a third...