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Islanders scratch Bailey, start Beck against Bruins

by David Satriano /

BRUINS (6-6-1) at ISLANDERS (7-4-3)

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NEW YORK -- New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey will be a healthy scratch and forward Taylor Beck will make his Islanders debut Sunday against the Boston Bruins.

The Islanders have scored eight goals in five games and coach Jack Capuano is hoping the shakeup will provide more offense.

"Josh has always been really good defensively for us and his awareness away from the puck has cost us, especially in the Carolina game. He knows that," Capuano said. "You don't have to tell him and there's no blame on him. But we need not only Josh but others to raise their game."

Beck, 24, was acquired in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sept. 17. He had eight goals and 16 points in 62 games with the Nashville Predators last season.

"He'll probably start with [Mikhail] Grabovski and [Brock] Nelson," Capuano said. "He practiced there the other day and has been practicing with them. Just change it up a little bit. Try to get four lines that we feel can compete. [I like] his work ethic and his ability to compete. I saw him in Nashville when he played and I think he's been with us now and deserves an opportunity"

The Bruins have allowed a power-play goal in 11 of 13 games this season and are 30th in penalty-kill percentage (68.1).

"We're not very good at it right now," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Simple as that. There' s a lot of little things and we've been shooting ourselves in the foot a lot of times."

The Bruins hope to keep the Islanders' offense in check.

"They're a good team," Julien said. "Just look at their lineup and their depth. I've said it for a long time now. They're a team that has gotten better every year."

Here are the projected lineups


Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Brett Connolly

Loui Eriksson - David Krejci - Frank Vatrano

Matt Beleskey - Ryan Spooner - Jimmy Hayes

Maxime Talbot - Joonas Kemppainen - Tyler Randell

Zdeno Chara - Colin Miller

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

Joe Morrow - Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Jonas Gustavsson

Injured: Dennis Seidenberg (back surgery), David Pastrnak (foot), Chris Kelly (broken leg)

Scratched: Zach Trotman, Zac Rinaldo


Nikolay Kulemin - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo

Brock Nelson - Mikhail Grabovski - Taylor Beck

Anders Lee - Frans Nielsen - Steve Bernier

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic

Brian Strait - Marek Zidlicky

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Injured: Eric Boulton (lower body), Thomas Hickey (lower body)

Scratched: Josh Bailey, Jean-Francois Berube

Status report: The only change for the Islanders will be Beck in for Bailey. ... Julien did not say what his plans were for the Bruins lineup.

Who's hot: Miller has one goal and five assists during a six-game point streak. ... Eriksson has three goals in three games.

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