NEW YORK ISLANDERS (4-1-1) VS. BOSTON BRUINS (2-3-1)
7:30 P.M. BARCLAYS CENTER, MSG+, CHANNEL FINDER, WNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI NEWS 103.9 FM, BUY TICKETS, HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHT
1. Drive for Five: The Islanders look for their fifth straight win when they host the Boston Bruins on Friday. The Islanders have outscored their opponents 18-8 during the four-game streak, including 11-3 in the third period. The Islanders are 4-3-0 in their last seven games against the Bruins.
2. Kulemin-Grabovski-Nelson: Nikolay Kulemin, Mikhail Grabovski and Brock Nelson are providing secondary scoring for the Islanders during the four-game winning streak. The trio has combined for 10 points (four goals, six assists) and has hit the scoresheet in each game.
“I think that line has been one of our best lines if you just look at their offense, their defense and the amount of time they spend in their own end,” Jack Capuano said. “Grabovski being healthy gives us another veteran guy, a point producer who generates a lot of offense and plays well in his own end. When those guys are going well we can use them in any situation.”
3. Penalty Kill: The Islanders penalty kill went 6-for-6 Tuesday in Columbus and is a perfect 10-for-10 in their last three games.
“One of the reasons the PK will continue is the attention to detail," Capuano said. "Our goaltender is our best penalty killer, but our guys have been structured and have been doing the right things at the right times. Faceoffs have been key for us too.” 4. Bruins:
After a slow start to the season, the Boston Bruins have picked up points in three straight games (2-0-1). The Bruins offense is finding its rhythm, scoring 15 goals over the past three games. Boston is 2-0-0 on the road this season. The Bruins may look a little different Friday, after undergoing a facelift over the summer. Milan Lucic, Dougie Hamilton and Reilly Smith were dealt in three separate trades, while the Bruins added Matt Beleskey (free agent), Jimmy Hayes (trade) and Zac Rinaldo (trade).
5. Krejci, Bergeron, Chara:
Despite the new faces in Boston, the usual suspects can be found atop the Bruins scoring lead, as David Krejci leads the NHL with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) while Patrice Bergeron has seven points (four goals, three assists) to start the season. Captain Zdeno Chara has four assists in four games since returning from an injury.
HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHT:
The Islanders are hosting Hockey Fights Cancer night Friday. The Islanders will wear special lavender warmup jerseys before the game. Click here to read the Islanders Fight Cancer Blog.