Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins
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New York Islanders
8-10-1 (17 points – 5th in Atlantic Division, 13th in Eastern Conference) 2-7-0 home
Boston Bruins 11-2-2 (24 points - 2nd in Northeast Division, 4th in Eastern Conference) 7-1-1 road
7:30 p.m. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, NY
Television: NBCSN Play-by-play: Dave Strader, Color: Brian Engblom
Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (0-1-0) The Islanders and Bruins met at TD Garden in Boston back on Jan 25. The Bruins won the first meeting 4-2 as Zdeno Chara scored the game-winning goal 7:07 into the third period. Islanders forward Keith Aucoin was the first star of the game with two goals. It was the first multi-goal game of Aucoin’s NHL career.
Bruins player to watch Dougie Hamilton - Defenseman The 9th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft has gotten off to a solid start in his NHL career. With eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 15 games Hamilton is second in scoring among rookie defensemen. His solid play has made him an early-season candidate for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.
Islanders Storylines •Tuesday’s game is the second of a season long seven-game home stand for the Isles. Carolina defeated the Islanders 4-2 in the first game of this stretch. •John Tavares has tallied at least one point in eight of his last 10 games (nine goals, five assists). The Bruins kept Tavares off the score sheet in the first meeting between these two teams. •This will be the first of four consecutive matchups against Northeast Division opponents. The Islanders are 3-3-0 in their first six games against the Northeast Division.
Islanders 24.4% (19/78) 84.1% (58/69) 56 64 4-6-0
Power play Penalty kill Goals for Goals against Last 10 games
Bruins 14.9% (7/47) 94.8% (55/58) 43 33 7-2-1
New York Islanders projected lines Forwards 26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes 12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 10 Keith Aucoin 40 Michael Grabner - 16 Marty Reasoner - 21 Kyle Okposo 17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald
Defensemen 3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald 14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky 2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek
Goaltenders 20 Evgeni Nabokov 60 Kevin Poulin
Boston Bruins projected lines Forwards 19 Tyler Seguin – 37 Patrice Bergeron - 63 Brad Marchand 17 Milan Lucic – 46 David Krejci - 18 Nathan Horton 48 Chris Bourque – 49 Rich Peverley - 23 Chris Kelly 20 Daniel Paille – 11 Gregory Campbell - 22 Shawn Thornton
Defensemen 33 Zdeno Chara - 55 Johnny Boychuk 27 Dougie Hamilton - 44 Dennis Seidenberg 21 Andrew Ference - 54 Adam McQuaid
•Doors Open at 6:15pm •Lower Lobby Opens at 5:30pm •FourSquare Offer: Check into the Nassau Coliseum and unlock 20% off your purchase at one of the Islanders •Team Store (first 50 will receive a special gift) •Team Store Offer: Spend $100 and receive a NY •Islanders fleece, or spend $150 and receive 2 tickets to a select future game •50/50 Raffle •Chuck-A-Puck •St. Patrick’s Jersey Auction