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Game Preview: Islanders vs Bruins

The Islanders kick off 2018 against the Bruins (7 p.m. MSG+, MSG GO)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (20-15-4) VS BOSTON BRUINS (21-10-6)

7 P.M. - BARCLAYS CENTER - BUY TICKETS

TV: MSG+, MSG GO

RADIO: 88.7FM - WRHU, AM970 - WNYM, 103.9FM - LI NEWS

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After going winless on their two-game road trip, the New York Islanders look to turn around their fortunes on home ice when they take on the Boston Bruins at Barclays Center. 

The Islanders have a 12-3-3 record at home this season and while they are 59-26-15 in 100 games at Barclays Center, they've struggled with the Bruins at home. The Islanders are 0-3-0 against the Bruins in Brooklyn. 

LINEUP NOTES: 

UPDATE: TANNER FRITZ TO MAKE NHL DEBUT, PRINCE IN, QUINE OUT. SAME D. HALAK IN GOAL. 

Anthony Beauvillier (loaned) and Steve Bernier (returned on loan) were both sent to Bridgeport on Monday, while Tanner Fritz was recalled from the Sound Tigers. 

Fritz, 26, has 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists) in 29 games during his third season in the American Hockey League. The Grand Prairie, AB native leads the Sound Tigers in both points and assists and ranks fourth in the league in both categories. This marks the first NHL call-up of Fritz's career.

The Islanders signed Fritz to a two-way (NHL/AHL) deal on April 8, 2016. Last season, Fritz scored 42 points (19 goals, 23 assists) in 63 games and has collected 89 points (31 goals, 58 assists) in 111 career games.

SEASON SERIES: 

The Islanders lost their first meeting with the Bruins 3-1 in Boston on December 9. The Isles and Bruins will meet twice more this season, Tuesday night and again on January 18 at Barclays Center. The last meeting involved some bad blood, as the game featured as many misconducts as goals. 

BY THE NUMBERS: 

11 - game point streak for Josh Bailey. Bailey has 19 points (6G, 13A) on his career-long streak, which is also the longest active streak in the NHL. If Bailey gets a point on Tuesday, he'll tie David Pastrnak for the longest streak in the NHL this season (12 games).

THE BRUINS: 

Last Game: W 5-0 at Ottawa

Leading Scorers: 
Goals:
Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak - 15
Assists: David Pastrnak - 19
Points: David Pastrnak - 34

Power Play: 21.1% - 9th
Penalty Kill: 83.9% - 5th

The Bruins are second in the Atlantic Division with 48 points and on a roll, going 6-0-1 in their last seven games. 

David Backes is red hot, with eight points (3G,5A) in his last four games. The Bruins forward has recorded four straight multi-point games and was named the NHL's third star of the week on Monday. 

Tuukka Rask is also hot for the Bruins, earning points in 11 consecutive starts (10-0-1). Rask is coming off a 25-save shutout against the Senators and has won five straight starts, allowing five goals over that span.

Long Island native Charlie McAvoy will play against the Islanders at home for the first time in his career. McAvoy, who hails from Long Beach, has 20 points (5G, 15A) in 37 games in his rookie season.

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