Game Preview: New York Islanders at Boston Bruins

The Islanders close out 2013 against the Bruins.

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 12:00 AM
Cory Wright

New York Islanders
12-21-7 (31 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
7-13-0 road
Boston Bruins
26-11-2 (54 points - 1st in Atlantic Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference)
16-3-2 home
7:00 p.m.
TD Garden
Boston, MA
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Jiggs McDonald; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King; Color: Greg Picker
2013-14 season series (1-0-0)
The New York Islanders beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 in their first meeting of the season (Nov. 2) at Nassau Coliseum. Thomas Vanek scored his first goal as an Islander and added an assist, while Andrew MacDonald netted the game winner in the second period. Captain John Tavares also found the scoresheet while Kevin Poulin made 26 saves in the win. Dougie Hamilton scored the lone goal for the Bruins.
Bruins player to watch
Reilly Smith - Right Wing

Reilly Smith has been a revelation since joining the Bruins as part of the Tyler Seguin-Loui Eriksson deal. Smith leads the team with 14 goals and is second in team scoring with 30 points in 39 games. The 22-year-old has shattered his previous career-highs in goals, assists and points set in his rookie season and has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his last four games. Look for Smith to play alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on the Bruins second line.
Islanders Storylines
Comeback! The Isles were down 3-0, 23 minutes into the game, but stormed back for five goals in the final 37 minutes for a 5-4 win. 
Okposo! Okposo! Okposo! St. Paul, MN, native Kyle Okposo scored two goals – including the game-winner – and added an assist in the Islanders comeback. Okposo is riding a six-game point streak (4g/4a) and is making a strong case to be on Team USA in Sochi.
Battered Bruins: The Bruins were without three of their top-six defensemen Saturday night, as Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg and Dougie Hamilton were all out with injuries. 
Vanek: Thomas Vanek is riding a five-game point streak (3g/4a).
The Matchup
15.1% (23rd)
74.0% (29th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

21.7 (6th)
87.1% (3rd)

New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
16 Peter Regin - 51 Frans Nielsen - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
29 Brock Nelson - 18 Ryan Strome - 13 Colin McDonald
36 Eric Boulton - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

47 Andrew MacDonald - 14 Thomas Hickey
44 Calvin de Haan -
3 Travis Hamonic
37 Brian Strait - 55 Aaron Ness

60 Kevin Poulin
20 Evgeni Nabokov
Boston Bruins previous game lines
17 Milan Lucic - 46 David Krejci - 12 Jerome Iginla
63 Brad Marchand - 37 Patrice Bergeron - 18 Reilly Smith
32 Nick Johnson - 51 Ryan Spooner - 25 Matt Fraser
20 Daniel Paille - 11 Gregory Campbell - 38 Jordan Caron
43 Matt Bartkowski - 55 Johnny Boychuk
47 Torey Krug - 54 Adam McQuaid
42 Zach Trotman - 79 David Warsofsky

40 Tuukka Rask
30 Chad Johnson
Quote of the Day:
Kyle Okposo on Sunday's comeback win:
It’s fun to get a win like that. We kept chipping away. We were down 3-0 and we just regrouped and decided we were going to go after them and start moving our feet
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