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BOSTON — Winnipeg defenceman Ben Chiarot returns to the Jets lineup tonight here against the Bruins, however, that might not be the only alteration to the visitors' lineup.
"We have possibly a decision on the back end and a decision up front but we'll wait 'til the warmup comes up," head coach Paul Maurice told reporters this afternoon, in a quick briefing just hours before puck drop.
"It's a couple of minor bumps that I'm not sure of. I think we're going to be fairly close to the same lineup as (Monday night)."
Winnipeg suffered a 3-1 setback at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers in the first of two back-to-back road games.
Chiarot missed four games with a lower-body injury. Either Joe Morrow or Sami Niku would have replaced him, although both could now play if another blue-liner is scratched tonight.
Nic Petan is the healthy extra forward and could see his first action since Dec. 22 if a forward isn't able to answer the bell.
Connor Hellebuyck takes to the crease for the Jets (31-16-2), who are trying to avoid losing three games in a row for the first time this season.
The Bruins (27-17-5) are coming off their bye week.
Maurice is hoping for a much better performance from his Central Division-leading club at TD Garden (6 p.m. CT).
"We want to get back and play. We didn't like our game (in Philly), lots of confidence that we can get to a better level than we did last night," he said.
Riding an up-and-down season, Hellebuyck has been at his best in recent weeks and will shoulder a heavy workload as the Jets play the final 33 games of the 2018-19 campaign in 68 nights. He's 21-14-1 with a 2.85 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. He has the fourth-most victories (21) of all NHL goalies.
"He watched his team play (Monday) and he wants to get back into the net. He's going to see lots of action down the stretch here," said Maurice.
Boston placed netminder Tuukka Rask on the injured-reserve list Monday. Another veteran, Jaroslav Halak, will get the start tonight. The 33-year-old Slovakian is 13-9-2 with a 2.47 GAA and .919 save percentage.
The Jets, 13-10-0 on the road this year, fired 31 shots at Flyers goalie Carter Hart but managed to slip only one puck behind him. While Hart made some tremendous saves — three, in particular, with his club shorthanded late in the first period — many of the Jets' drives were generated from long range with an absence of traffic in front.
Maurice said his shooters need to force their way to the tough areas and make life difficult for Halak.
"We spent an awful lot of time around the outside (against the Flyers) and we're going to see that style of hard defence that the Boston Bruins have always played and controlled their end of the ice," he said. "So, the perimeter's a place you can start, it's just not a place you want to play the whole night (in)."
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