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Boston center Bergeron set to play 1,000th NHL game; New York aims to extend point streak to nine

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

ISLANDERS (30-15-6) at BRUINS (28-17-7)

7 p.m. ET ; NESN, MSG+2 , NHL.TV


The Game

Patrice Bergeron will play in his 1,000th NHL game when the Boston Bruins play the New York Islanders at TD Garden on Tuesday.

Bergeron will become the fifth person to play 1,000 games for the Bruins, joining Ray Bourque (1,518), Johnny Bucyk (1,436), Don Sweeney (1,052) and Wayne Cashman (1,027).

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is expected to start. He is 7-0-2 with a 1.70 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in his past 10 games.

The Islanders will look to extend their point streak to nine games; they are 6-0-2 since a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Jan. 12.


Players to watch

Islanders center Mathew Barzal has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past nine games after he had 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in his previous nine.

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has seven points (three goals, four assists) during a four-game point streak.


They said it

"A big challenge for us coming off last year was improving our defensive game and we've obviously done that. But we're not looking to stop here; there's always room to improve and we're not looking to get complacent, so hopefully we can continue to improve over the course of the year." -- Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech on allowing the fewest goals per game (2.35) after giving up an NHL-worst 3.57 last season

"I think since we've been healthy we've played a lot of good hockey, just not [a] consistent 60 minutes. We've talked about that, we've let some points get away." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on Boston going 2-2-3 in its past seven games


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Brock Nelson -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey

Michael Dal Colle -- Valtteri Filppula - Leo Komarov

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Robin Lehner

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Tom Kuhnhackl, Luca Sbisa, Ross Johnston

Injured: Andrew Ladd (lower body), Thomas Hickey (upper body)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Peter Cehlarik -- David Krejci -- Jake DeBrusk

Sean Kuraly -- Noel Acciari -- Chris Wagner

Joakim Nordstrom -- Trent Frederic -- David Backes

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Steven Kampfer, John Moore, Danton Heinen

Injured: None


Status report

The Islanders did not hold a morning skate; the Bruins had an optional skate. … Boston will use the same lineup that dressed for its 1-0 win against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Sunday. Halak, who spent the past four seasons with the Islanders, is expected to start when the Bruins play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.


Stat pack

Lee has no points in his past five games after getting 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his previous eight. … The Bruins have won their past five games and 10 of their past 12 against the Islanders. … Bergeron will become the 334th NHL player with 1,000 games.

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