ISLANDERS (0-0-2) at BRUINS (1-2-0)
Season series -- It's the first meeting of the season between the teams, with the Bruins playing Game 4 of a five-game homestand. The Bruins swept the season series in 2008-09, allowing only six goals, and have won the last six meetings.
Big Story -- After finishing first in the East last season, expectations were high in
He put his players through a strenuous workout on Friday and was only a little happier afterwards.
"I think we need to grab their attention right now," Julien told BostonBruins.com. "We are looking for commitment. We are looking for effort [and] attitude. I think all those things put together is what needs to happen in order for us to be the team we should be."
Islanders -- Two games into his NHL career, there's little doubt that John Tavares was ready for the League. Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Matt Moulson have been by far the Isles' best line -- they accounted for both goals in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss at
"We want more," Biron told Newsday. "Guys in here didn't get used to losing last year. Guys in here want to win."
Bruins -- There weren't many smiling faces at practice on Friday following the Duck debacle, a game in which the Bruins scored the first goal before allowing six in a row in the last two periods.
"The minute we had a little bit of adversity we fall behind instead of just sticking with your game plan," Julien said. "And all of a sudden you start to change, guys start to cheat, guys are looking to tie the game the next shift without doing the right things."
Don't be surprised if there are some lineup changes. Defenseman Johnny Boychuk and goalie Tuukka Rask are waiting in the wings. With games Thursday, Saturday and Monday, Rask could get his first start of the season against the Isles, who still don't score much.
Who's Hot -- Tavares' arrival figured to help the Islanders' power play -- and it has.
Injury Report -- The Islanders are still without center Frans Nielsen (knee surgery) and goalie Rick DiPietro, who's still recovering from knee and hip surgeries and won't be back any time soon. The Bruins are healthy.
Stat Pack -- Both of
Puck Drop -- Don't be surprised if Rask gets the call over Tim Thomas, especially with an afternoon game coming up on Monday. Tavares has given the Islanders a spark they didn't have last season, but they still don't score a lot, so this might be the perfect situation for Julien to give his backup some work -- and perhaps send a message to his team in the process.
-- John Kreiser, NHL.com Columnist