The Boston Bruins earned one of their few victories in the past three-plus weeks during a visit from the Winnipeg Jets, but road games in the series have not gone their way.
The Bruins look for their second win in six trips to Winnipeg and try to earn back-to-back victories for the first time in nearly a month Friday night.
Boston is 3-5-3 in its last 11 but won 2-1 in overtime against the Jets on Nov. 28. The Bruins (16-13-3) needed another extra session Wednesday for a 3-2 victory at Minnesota that snapped a season high-tying three-game skid.
Loui Eriksson won it with his third goal in five games. Carl Soderberg scored his first in 16 contests, and points leader Patrice Bergeron had his first in the past 12.
The Bruins also got forward David Krejci back after an 11-game absence due to a hip injury.
"We've played some games where we've worked really hard and haven't gotten the results we wanted," backup goaltender Niklas Svedberg said. "Obviously it's a great feeling for us to get a win. We've just got to build off it."
Boston hasn't earned consecutive wins since a three-game streak Nov. 15-21 and is heading to a place where it's 1-3-1 in five visits. The Bruins are also 1-4-2 in their last seven road games against the Jets franchise compared with 13 straight home wins.
Boston is 2-0-1 in its last three on the road while Winnipeg is 3-1-1 at home this month.
The Jets are 6-1-3 in their past 10 overall after a 5-1 rout of Buffalo on Tuesday. Mark Scheifele had two goals and an assist as the Jets bounced back from their only regulation loss in the past three-plus weeks, 4-1 to Anaheim in the opener of a four-game homestand Saturday.
Winnipeg (16-10-6) earned that victory despite a thinning defense corps. Coach Paul Maurice announced Tuesday that Jacob Trouba, who leads all defensemen on the team with 12 points, is out until February with an upper-body injury. Tobias Enstrom and Zach Bogosian also are on the shelf.
The Jets did get defenseman Grant Clitsome back after a six-game absence due to an upper-body injury, and he had an assist on Scheifele's first goal. They also acquired defenseman Jay Harrison from the Hurricanes in exchange for a draft pick Thursday.
"There's nothing that really changes in what we're trying to do," Maurice said. "The big part is that we have got four healthy lines up front, fortunately. We've got to stay on the forecheck and burn the clock and generate as much time in the offensive zone as we can."
Dustin Byfuglien is being moved back to the blue line to make up for those absences. He scored in last month's defeat and has two goals and an assist in his last three games against the Bruins.
Brad Marchand didn't have a point for Boston in the first meeting after registering four goals and an assist in his previous five matchups. He has three goals and five assists in the eight games since that victory.
Evander Kane has three goals and an assist in his last five games against Boston. He had a goal and an assist Tuesday after producing two assists in his prior six contests.