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Chara set for 1,200th game as Bruins visit Islanders

by David Satriano

BRUINS (2-3-1) at ISLANDERS (4-1-1)


NEW YORK -- Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will play in his 1,200th NHL game Friday when the Bruins play the New York Islanders at Barclays Center.

Chara, 38, was selected by the Islanders in the 1996 NHL Draft (No. 56) and played in 231 games over four seasons with New York. He then went to the Ottawa Senators for four seasons (299 games) and has been with the Bruins for the past 10 seasons (669 games).

"Every game in the NHL is very special," Chara said. "I guess it just worked out that way [to play the Islanders]. I'm very humbled to be a part of this League and this team."

Chara has 169 goals and 542 points in 1,199 games over 16 seasons and four assists in four games this season.

The Bruins (2-3-1) have scored 22 goals in six games and are 8-for-21 on the power play. The Islanders have killed off 20 of 23 penalties this season and are 10-for-10 in their past three games.

"Just keep doing what we've been doing" Chara said. "We have to be focused on outworking those other guys on the other side of the ice."

Boston has won each of its two road games this season, outscoring opponents 11-5.

"They've been good on the road so far this year in the first couple of games, so we have to come with the mindset that it will be a tough game and we have to be ready when the puck drops," Islanders forward Casey Cizikas said.

The Islanders (4-1-1) have a four-game winning streak.

"We want to keep it going, especially on home ice," Islanders captain John Tavares said. "[The Bruins] have players that play some of the best two-way hockey in the League. They certainly bring a lot of skill and ability to beat you, but they don't give you a whole lot either."

New York has allowed eight goals in its past four games after allowing seven in the first two.

"[The Bruins] are coming off a good overtime win against Philadelphia Wednesday, so we expect their best here tonight and we're going to have to be at our best," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said.

Here are the projected lineups:


Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Loui Eriksson

Matt Beleskey - David Krejci - David Pastrnak

Chris Kelly - Ryan Spooner - Jimmy Hayes

Zac Rinaldo - Joonas Kemppainen - Brett Connolly

Zdeno Chara - Kevan Miller

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

Joe Morrow - Colin Miller

Tuukka Rask

Jonas Gustavsson

Injured: Dennis Seidenberg (back), Seth Griffith (knee)

Scratched: Tyler Randell, Zach Trotman, Max Talbot


Anders Lee - John Tavares - Ryan Strome

Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo

Nikolay Kulemin - Mikhail Grabovski - Brock Nelson

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic

Thomas Hickey - Marek Zidlicky

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Injured: Steve Bernier (lower body)

Scratched: Ryan Pulock, Brian Strait, Jean-Francois Berube

Status report: The Islanders will not have any changes to the lineup. … Morrow, who missed the past three games (flu) and Beleskey, who missed a 5-4 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday with an upper-body injury, took part in line rushes but coach Claude Julien said they would be a game-time decision. … Bergeron didn't practice but will play. He didn't practice Wednesday but played after his wife gave birth.

Who's hot: Krejci has 11 points in six games and goals in four games this season. … Bergeron has five points in two games. … Tavares has points in five of six games (four goals, five assists). … Halak has made 59 saves on 62 shots this season.


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