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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Islanders

Swayman gets the call as Boston looks for two straight against New York

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - Jeremy Swayman will make the start between the pipes on Friday night when the Bruins take on the New York Islanders in the second end of a back-to-back at TD Garden. Boston grabbed its first win in six tries against the Isles this season on Thursday with a 4-1 victory behind goals from Brad Marchand, Craig Smith, and Taylor Hall.

"It was typical Boston Bruins hockey that we're used to seeing a lot of nights around here. We just haven't gotten to that level on a consistent basis," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy.

"Of course, you want to build off that, the guys are gonna feel good about it. By the same token, the Islanders are one of the top teams in our division. I expect a push back from them. That's usually how these back-to-backs go.

"Turn the page. Today's a new day. Be ready for a better New York Islanders team and hopefully we have a good professional approach to it tonight and are ready for it."

Here's everything else you need to know for the 7 p.m. puck drop on NESN+ and 98.5 The Sports Hub:

Feeling Fine

Tuukka Rask came out of Thursday night's win - the 300th of his career - feeling "fine" and is expected to be back in between the pipes on Sunday, per Cassidy. The netminder will not dress on Friday night in an effort to prevent him from any potential emergency action. Daniel Vladar will back up Swayman.

"Feels good after [Thursday's] game, this morning," said Cassidy. "But that's the way we're gonna go so he's not pressed into any emergency service, get some work [on Saturday] and get back in the nets on Sunday."

Video: Bruce Cassidy Addresses Media Prior to Game vs. NYI

On the Injury Front

Kevan Miller will miss his second straight game with an undisclosed injury: "He's day to day," said Cassidy. "It's not related to his previous injury, not COVID. Just something that came up that unfortunately has kept him out of the lineup. See where he's at [on Saturday]."

Matt Grzelcyk has resumed skating but will not play against the Islanders: "Grizz skated the other day, so he's progressing," said Cassidy. "If he's with the group [on Saturday], would have a chance for Sunday. Until that happens, he's similar in that he's got to get integrated with the group."

Brandon Carlo remains week-to-week with an upper-body injury.

Moving Fourth

Cassidy has been "very encouraged" by the play of his new-look fourth line over the past two games. The addition of Curtis Lazar, acquired from Buffalo along with Taylor Hall at Monday's deadline, to Sean Kuraly and Chris Wagner - both of whom have been scratched at different points this season - seems to have helped rejuvenate the trio.

"It's been a staple of this team since I've been here and before that," Cassidy said of having a dependable fourth line. "The start of the game [Thursday] night is a great example of how the game can get tilted in your favor early on. Just a real strong shift. Managing the puck, physical against [Islanders defenseman Adam] Pelech and their D, recovering pucks, getting to the net, just building some momentum early…get the crowd into it, get our bench into, let them know we're here to play early."

By the Numbers

  • Charlie Coyle is one point shy of his 300th NHL point.
  • David Pastrnak is four goals short of his 200th NHL goal.
  • Brad Marchand is four points shy of his 700th NHL point.
  • The Bruins have scored 20,992 goals in their history (deciding shootout goals not included) and are now eight goals short of their 21,000th goal.

Friday's Projected Lineup


Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Taylor Hall - David Krejci - Craig Smith

Nick Ritchie - Charlie Coyle - Jake DeBrusk

Sean Kuraly - Curtis Lazar - Chris Wagner


Jeremy Lauzon - Charlie McAvoy

Mike Reilly - Connor Clifton

Jakub Zboril - Steven Kampfer


Jeremy Swayman

Daniel Vladar

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