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Islanders' Greiss ready for challenge vs. Bruins

Goalie will be No. 1 with Jaroslav Halak sidelined six weeks

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

ISLANDERS (37-20-8) at BRUINS (38-23-8)

TV: 1 p.m. ET; MSG+, NESN, SN1, NHL.TV

Season series: The Boston Bruins won two games against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. Ryan Spooner had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win Oct. 23, 2015. Spooner and Patrice Bergeron each scored and Tuukka Rask made 36 saves in a 2-1 win Nov. 8, 2015.

Islanders team scope: Defenseman Calvin de Haan, who has missed the past two games with a lower-body injury, practiced Friday. De Haan has played twice in the past nine games. Goaltender Thomas Greiss, who will have to handle the bulk of the workload with Jaroslav Halak (lower body) out six weeks, is 7-0-2 in his past nine starts. "I think Thomas, knowing him, will embrace the challenge," coach Jack Capuano told Newsday. "I think (Jean-Francois) Berube is champing as well to get in there and play well, like he did the first game after the [All-Star] break." Greiss is expected to start against the Bruins. "Obviously, you're going to think about [there being just 17 games left in the regular season]," Greiss said. "But you can't worry. The season has been going pretty well so far. You can't overthink the whole thing."

Bruins team scope: Bergeron took a maintenance day at practice Friday. Defenseman Kevan Miller, who has missed the past three games because of an upper-body injury, participated as an extra and will be a game-time decision. Miller was hurt in a 2-1 overtime loss against the Washington Capitals on March 5. The Bruins are 12-5-3 in the past 20 games, 4-0-2 in March and have gone to overtime in four straight (2-0-2). "For some reason, always in March it seems like we play every other day," forward David Krejci told "You know we're all professionals, so we should know how to use our off days, and how to prepare ourselves for the games, so that shouldn't be an issue. We're professionals and we only play about 20 minutes a night. So that's not too much to ask."

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