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Boston could get Pastrnak back in lineup; Lehner expected to start for New York

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

BRUINS (43-20-9) at ISLANDERS (42-23-7)



The Game

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

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

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

Robin Lehner

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Michael Dal Colle, Tom Kuhnhackl, Ross Johnston, Johnny Boychuk, Luca Sbisa, Dennis Seidenberg

Injured: None


Status report

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.


Stat pack

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).

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