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Boston's Pastrnak tries to stretch point streak to 13; New York eyes third straight win

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

BRUINS (26-8-11) at ISLANDERS (27-12-3)



The Game

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

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

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

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Ross Johnston

Injured: Adam Pelech (Achilles), Cal Clutterbuck (wrist)


Status report

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.


Stat pack

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.


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