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Oct 23, 2014
7:00 PM ET
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Islanders aim to stop losing streak vs. Bruins

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 8:03 PM

Brian Hunter - Staff Writer

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Islanders aim to stop losing streak vs. Bruins
New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins

ISLANDERS (4-2-0) at BRUINS (4-4-0)


Season series: The New York Islanders won two of three from the Boston Bruins last season, but the Bruins won the teams' most recent game, 6-3 at Nassau Coliseum on Jan. 27. Chad Johnson made 34 saves for the Bruins in that game; he's now a member of the Islanders. John Tavares and Frans Nielsen led all scorers in the series with three goals apiece.

Islanders team scope: Forward Mikhail Grabovski, who sustained a concussion in a 4-3 shootout win against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 16, was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. The move was retroactive to Oct. 16 and Grabovski, who practiced Wednesday, could be activated as early as Friday. New York also placed forward Colin McDonald on waivers Wednesday. The roster spots created could be used to activate defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky off IR and recall forward Anders Lee from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League, according to Newsday. Defenseman Thomas Hickey, who sustained a cut to the face from the skate blade of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mike Santorelli in a 5-2 loss Tuesday, practiced Wednesday wearing a protective face shield. The Islanders are looking to avoid a three-game losing streak after winning four in a row to open the season.

Bruins team scope: Having spent all of about 24 hours this season above .500 after a win opening night, Boston can get back there with two points Thursday. The Bruins won their second in a row by rallying for three third-period goals Tuesday and defeating the San Jose Sharks 5-3. Forward Seth Griffith, who started the comeback with his first NHL goal, remained on the top line at practice Wednesday, along with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. "We're starting to gain a little chemistry going so that's good to see," Griffith said Tuesday, according to "But, you know, it's not too hard playing with two great players." The Bruins have allowed an average of 25.9 shots per game, which was sixth in the NHL entering games Wednesday. Their 30.5 shots on goal per game ranked 11th in the League.

Team Stats

2014-2015 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 07 '15 7:00 PM ET at Bruins
Jan 29 '15 7:00 PM ET at Islanders
Oct 23 '14 7:00 PM ET at Bruins
J. Tavares63710-2420
B. Nelson6448+2021
K. Okposo6268-3010
J. Boychuk6246+4820
R. Strome6066+3600
N. Leddy6314+3200
F. Nielsen6044+2000
J. Bailey6213+2001
M. Grabovski4213+3001
N. Kulemin6022+0000
T. Hamonic6101+02300
T. Hickey6101-1200
C. Conacher6101-3400
C. Clutterbuck6011+11200
C. Cizikas6000-1400
B. Strait6000-2200
M. Martin6000-2900
C. de Haan3000-1400
G. Reinhart3000-1200
C. McDonald2000+0000
J. Halak53-2-0161503.38.893
C. Johnson21-0-03292.25.897
D. Krejci5246+3400
C. Kelly8156+5001
T. Krug8235+4010
C. Soderberg8235+0200
M. Lucic8055+02600
L. Eriksson8224+3410
P. Bergeron8134-11000
Z. Chara8213-1610
R. Smith8213-2010
B. Marchand8123-21610
D. Hamilton8112-2201
S. Gagne4101+2000
S. Griffith4101-1000
G. Campbell3101+0201
D. Paille8011-1400
A. McQuaid8011-1900
D. Seidenberg8000+01000
K. Miller6000+4500
R. Spooner5000-2000
M. Fraser4000-1000
B. Robins3000+01400
C. Cunningham3000+0000
M. Bartkowski2000-2000
J. Caron1000-1000
T. Rask63-3-0171422.91.880
N. Svedberg31-1-02640.91.969