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Game Preview: Islanders at Bruins

The Islanders and Bruins meet in Monday matinee action (1 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders
New York Islanders at Boston Bruins 
1 p.m. TD Garden
TV: MSG+
Radio: 660AM, 101.9FM - WFAN; 88.7FM - WRHU

The New York Islanders wrap up a three-game road trip in Boston where they meet the Bruins for the second time this season. The Islanders won the first meeting between the teams 4-2 on Dec. 20 and have won four of their last six trips to TD Garden. 

The Lineup:

Johnny Boychuk will also draw back into the lineup after missing Saturday's game with an upper-body injury. Scott Mayfield will come out of the lineup for Boychuk. 

PROJECTED LINEUP:

FORWARDS
LEFT WING CENTER  RIGHT WING
ANDERS LEE JOHN TAVARES  JOSH BAILEY
SHANE PRINCE BROCK NELSON RYAN STROME
ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER ALAN QUINE JASON CHIMERA
NIKOLAY KULEMIN CASEY CIZIKAS STEPHEN GIONTA
DEFENSE
LEFT RIGHT
NICK LEDDY ADAM PELECH
THOMAS HICKEY JOHNNY BOYCHUK
CALVIN DE HAAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
John Tavares Stays Hot: 

John Tavares followed up his hat-trick performance on Friday with a pair of goals on Saturday, giving the Islanders captain five tallies in his last two games. In the process, Tavares took the team-lead in goals (16), surpassing linemate Anders Lee (15).

Video: NYI Recap: Tavares scores twice in loss to Hurricanes

Stephen Gionta Makes Islanders Debut:

Stephen Gionta will make his Islanders debut on Monday afternoon. Gionta came to camp on a PTO, but a lower-body injury derailed his bid to make the team, which Capuano said was likely to happen out of camp.

"He probably would have been with our team with the training camp that he had and his work ethic, not only as a penalty killer, but with the way he came in and proved himself," Capuano said. "He's excited to get in here today and that's what we're going to need, he'll bring some energy to our lineup."

Bruins Notes:

The Bruins enter Monday's action off a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins are 3-1-1 in their last five games, but haven't won consecutive games since beating Buffalo twice on Dec. 29 and 31. Boston currently sits second in the Atlantic Division with 51 points. 

Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with 43 points (17G, 26A) in 46 games, David Pastrnak leads the team with 19 goals and goaltender Tuukka Rask is 22-9-3 this season with a 1.98 goals-against average, a .925 save percentage and five shutouts. 

Bruins Player To Watch: Brad Marchand 

Brad Marchand has the hot stick for the Bruins, with 12 points (7G, 5A) in his last six games. Marchand is coming off of a five-point night (2G, 3A) vs the Flyers on Saturday, so the 28-year-old has game-breaking potential. Marchand will represent the Bruins at the All-Star Game at the end of the month and he's earned the honors, leading Boston with 43 points (17G, 26A) in 46 games this season - tying for seventh in league scoring.

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