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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

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.
Bruins player to watch
Brad Marchand - Forward

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.
The Matchup
18.0% (18th)
75.9% (30th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

20.6 (7th)
82.4% (14th)

New York Islanders previous game lines
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

37 Brian Strait - 47 Andrew MacDonald 
44 Calvin de Haan -
46 Matt Donovan
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner

60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
Boston Bruins previous game lines
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
33 Zdeno Chara - 55 Johnny Boychuk
43 Matt Bartkowski - 86 Kevan Miller
47 Torey Krug - 27 Dougie Hamilton

40 Tuukka Rask
30 Chad Johnson
Quote of the Day:
Matt Martin on Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Blues:
It was a tough way to lose, but if we play like that most nights we are going to come out on top.

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