The Boston Bruins will be in Winnipeg on Monday night to take on the Jets in a game that will feature two 1-1-0 clubs in the NHL. There has been some good news on the injury front for Boston of late. Patrice Bergeron, who has not played yet this season, may return for the Bruins in the game.

According to an October 16th article at NHL.com"Patrice Bergeron is skating and hasn't been ruled out for the game Monday against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre" (no listed author). Bergeron is a 31-year-old center who had 68 points for Boston last season. He brings particular value to the Bruins as a goal scorer as he had 32 goalslast year.

Boston have to live down last year's failure

Boston were a disappointing team last season as they seemed like a playoff contender for much of the year. But down the stretch they faltered and ended up being the first team on the bubble of the post-season in the eastern conference standings. They will be looking to make amends for that result this season and when they get Bergeron back it will certainly be a step in the right direction.

The Bruins' power play has not been that effective so far through two games. Heading into Sunday's action, which only features three games in the NHL, Boston were scoring at a rate of 16.7% on their power plays. Thus far that's only good enough for 16th in the league.

Bergeron can improve the power play

Last season Bergeron scored 12 power play goals for Boston and he had 25 points on the power play overall. Those points accounted for about 37% of his total points on the year last season. It would not be surprising to see Boston improve on the power play once the center returns to the lineup.

However, he was also an effective player for Boston when the teams were on neutral terms in terms of skaters. He went +12 last season individually despite the fact that Boston was only a +10 team overall. In his career he is a +122 player so things are generally going good for his team when he is on the ice.

The Bruins and Jets will play at 8pm ET on Monday in a game that will come from Winnipeg. When it comes to betting odds, most sportsbooks have not opened their markets at the time of this writing. However, Marathon Bet makes Winnipeg ever-so-slight favorites at 20/21. Perhaps the oddsmakers feel guarded on this came with the uncertainty surrounded Bergeron's playing status.

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