BRUINS (43-20-9) at ISLANDERS (42-23-7)
7 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, MSG+, NESN, NHL.TV
David Pastrnak could return from a thumb injury for the Boston Bruins when they visit the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old forward has not played since Feb. 10, missing 16 games. Pastrnak, who has 31 goals and 35 assists in 56 games this season, has been cleared to play and will be a game-time decision, per Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy.
It's the opener of a four-game road trip for Boston, which is four points ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs for second place in the Atlantic Division.
Goalie Robin Lehner is expected to make his first start for New York since sustaining an upper-body injury March 5. The Islanders have won five of their past seven games and are tied with the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Players to watch
Bruins forward Brad Marchand has 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in his past 10 games.
Islanders forward Anders Lee has scored a goal in four straight games.
They said it
"From the few times we play them, they're very hard to play against. They have a good system. They made some changes in management, and they're playing into their strength. It's always a handful to play them." -- Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara
"That top line is dangerous; you've got to make sure you know what you're doing out there when you're against them. You've got to be smart with the puck, you've got to be hard against them and you've just got to limit their chances. Great players find ways to get chances; it's going to happen. You've just got to make sure you limit them as much as possible. If we do that and we stay out of the box, that only gives us a better chance to win." -- Islanders center Casey Cizikas
Bruins projected lineup
Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Charlie Coyle
Danton Heinen -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner
Joakim Nordstrom -- Noah Acciari -- David Backes
Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy
John Moore -- Brandon Carlo
Steven Kampfer -- Connor Clifton
Scratched: Trent Frederic, Paul Carey
Injured: Kevan Miller (upper body), Marcus Johansson (lung contusion), Torey Krug (concussion), Matt Grzelcyk (upper body)
Islanders projected lineup
Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle
Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Andrew Ladd
Josh Bailey -- Valtteri Filppula -- Leo Komarov
Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy -- Scott Mayfield
Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock
Thomas Hickey -- Devon Toews
Scratched: Michael Dal Colle, Tom Kuhnhackl, Ross Johnston, Johnny Boychuk, Luca Sbisa, Dennis Seidenberg
Krug, who was injured March 12, is on the trip but will not play Tuesday; Miller did not make the trip. … Islanders coach Barry Trotz said Boychuk, who sustained an upper-body injury March 9, is ready to return but will not play, citing New York's depth on defense. … Cizikas, who has been out the past two games because of a lower-body injury, will be a game-time decision.
Bergeron has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his past 10 games. … New York is 0-5-1 in its past six games against Boston and hasn't defeated the Bruins at home since Nov. 2, 2013 (0-7-0).