Oct 13, 2013; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian (44) is checked by New Jersey Devils forwardTravis Zajac
(19) during the third period at MTS Centre. Jets win 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
Zach Bogosian is the Jets’ #1 defenseman, so he will be the one out there against the Blackhawks’ top guns. His two-way game is very solid, and he has a great chance of slipping into the offense after a good defensive showing. Bogosian can play physical, and will be a burden when the Blackhawks are trying to get traffic in front of goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. The obvious route would be to avoid Bogosian; He can’t be out there against all four lines, and if the bottom six can make opportunities against the damaged back-end of Jets’ defense, then the problem is solved then and there. If not, the Blackhawks will have to use their speed on the rush, as taking care of Bogosian will be tough once set up in the zone. If worst comes to worst, big bodies like Bryan Bickell will have to do the dirty work, and keep the burly blue-liner out of the way, all the while looking for rebounds.
Today’s battle is sure to be a great one, and if you miss it, don’t worry: The ‘Hawks are back in Winnipeg on November 21.
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