BRUINS (26-8-11) at ISLANDERS (27-12-3)
7 p.m. ET; NHLN, MSG+, NESN, NHL.TV
The Boston Bruins will try for their ninth straight road win against the New York Islanders when they play at Barclays Center on Saturday.
Boston has won eight straight in regulation at New York (five at Barclays Center, three at Nassau Coliseum). The Islanders haven't won at home against the Bruins since a 3-1 victory on Nov. 2, 2013.
New York, which is seeking its third consecutive victory, won 3-2 in a shootout at Boston on Dec. 19.
Players to watch
Bruins forward David Pastrnak has scored in four consecutive games (six goals). He has a 12-game point streak (nine goals, 10 assists) and leads the NHL with 35 goals in 45 games.
Islanders forward Anders Lee scored the game-winning goal in back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday.
They said it
"(Islanders coach Barry Trotz) plays a 1-1-3, they always have a line or two back and they're pretty consistent with it. They're very structured in that regard, so it's tough to gain the blue line with numbers. You get into the zone, they usually have three [players] back so you're not getting a lot of odd-man rushes, you're not getting a lot of situations where you're going to get one of those clear neutral zone attacks. If your [defensemen] can beat their forwards up the ice, there's a little room in there, but usually that means the next wave has to participate." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy
"You just have to be aware of where he is on the ice. He's a dangerous player, and he's been hot all year. He puts the puck in the net at will. You've just got to take away his space because if you give him too much space, he'll make you pay ." -- Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk on Bruins forward David Pastrnak
Bruins projected lineup
Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Anders Bjork
Danton Heinen -- Charlie Coyle -- Brett Ritchie
Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo
John Moore -- Matt Grzelcyk
Scratched: Steven Kampfer, David Backes, Par Lindholm
Injured: Connor Clifton (upper body), Kevan Miller (knee)
Islanders projected lineup
Anthony Beauvillier -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey
Anders Lee -- Brock Nelson -- Jordan Eberle
Michael Dal Colle -- Derick Brassard -- Tom Kuhnhackl
Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Leo Komarov
Nick Leddy -- Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield
Noah Dobson -- Johnny Boychuk
Scratched: Ross Johnston
Injured: Adam Pelech (Achilles), Cal Clutterbuck (wrist)
Cassidy confirmed that Chara (jaw), who was held out of Boston's 5-4 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, will play. … Trotz said he's "pretty confident" Kuhnhackl, who was given a maintenance day Friday, will be able to play.
Krug will play his 500th NHL game. … Marchand has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his past eight games. … It's the Islanders' first game at Barclays Center since Nov. 30; they are 4-0-1 there this season.