WINNIPEG – Welcome to Winnipeg, where the Bruins will take on the Jets in the first of a back-to-back. The team flies after the game to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where they’ll play their final home preseason game. (Yes, home game.)
The top line of Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla will sit this one out, along with Zdeno Chara, Chris Kelly, and Carl Soderberg. That should give the coaching staff a chance to take perhaps a final look at some of the young players vying for spots on the roster. There are still a few decisions to make for the B’s in advance of the regular season, which starts a week from today.
One person who is still getting a good look is Jordan Caron, who came into camp as a favorite to make the third line, but who looks now like he’s trying to hang on to the last forward spot.
“He’s one of those guys that’s in the running,” coach Claude Julien said. “The one thing with Jordan, he’s very reliable on both ends of the ice. He’s a big body. He’s strong on the puck.
“Right now, the thing that you’re looking for is what can he bring besides that part of the game. He’s pretty good at that part of it, and a little bit of production and a little bit of offensive, I guess, chances. We’ve encouraged him to take pucks to the net, stuff like that. We’re going to have a good look at him.”
The Bruins take on the Jets at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, with the game on the NHL Network.