Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins
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New York Islanders
21-25-8 (50 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference) 8-10-8 home
Boston Bruins 32-15-3 (67 points - 1st in Atlantic Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference) 13-10-1 road
7:00 p.m. Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY
Television: MSG PLUS Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM Play-by-play: Chris King
2013-14 season series (2-0-0) The Islanders took the first two games of their season series with the Bruins and are looking for their first season sweep since 2005-06. In their most recent outing, the Islanders rallied from a 3-1 deficit with four straight goals for the 5-3 comeback win. John Tavares and Frans Nielsen each scored twice, while the Islanders scored a season-high, four power-play goals.
After a slow start, Brad Marchand is heating up for the Boston Bruins. The agitator has eight points (six goals, two assists) during a five-game run and has goals in four of those games. Marchand has 16 goals and 29 points in 50 games this season and is poised to hit the 20-goal mark for the third time in the last three full seasons. His 16 goals are tied for the team lead and his plus-18 rating is third on the B's.
Islanders Storylines • Season Sweep: The Islanders go for their first season sweep over the Bruins since 2005-06. • Okposo: Kyle Okposo set a new career-high in points (54) with a goal and an assist Saturday against St. Louis. Okposo has eight points (3g/5a) during a five-game point streak. • Tavares: John Tavares has two goals and six assists during a six-game point streak. • Stingy Bruins: The Bruins have allowed 110 goals this season, the least of any Eastern Conference team.
Islanders 18.0% (18th) 75.9% (30th) 154 179 6-3-1
Power play Penalty kill Goals for Goals against Last 10
Bruins 20.6 (7th) 82.4% (14th) 147 110 6-3-1
New York Islanders previous game lines Forwards 26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo 16 Peter Regin - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey 40 Michael Grabner - 29 Brock Nelson - 15 Cal Clutterbuck 17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald
Defensemen 37 Brian Strait - 47 Andrew MacDonald 44 Calvin de Haan - 46 Matt Donovan 14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner
Goaltenders 60 Kevin Poulin 45 Anders Nilsson
Boston Bruins previous game lines Forwards 17 Milan Lucic - 46 David Krejci - 12 Jerome Iginla 63 Brad Marchand - 37 Patrice Bergeron - 18 Reilly Smith 20 Daniel Paille - 34 Carl Soderberg - 21 Loui Eriksson 38 Jordan Caron - 11 Gregory Campbell - 22 Shawn Thornton
Defensemen 33 Zdeno Chara - 55 Johnny Boychuk 43 Matt Bartkowski - 86 Kevan Miller 47 Torey Krug - 27 Dougie Hamilton