Game Preview: New York Islanders at Boston Bruins
|New York Islanders
20-16-4 (44 points – 2nd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference)
26-9-4 (56 points - 1st in Northeast Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference)
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring
Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
|Season series (0-2-0)
The Islanders have lost both matchups this season against the Bruins, 4-2 at Boston on Jan. 25, and 4-1 at home on Feb. 26. In the most recent tilt, Casey Cizikas scored his second goal of the season, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 30 pucks, but Boston scored three unanswered goals between the second and third period to earn the win. Thursday is the final game of the season between the Islanders and Bruins.
Feb. 26, 2013: BOS 4, NYI 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
|Bruins player to watch
Jaromir Jagr - Right Wing
The veteran right wing has made an impact since the Bruins acquired him at the trade deadline, posting five points (one goal, four assists) in four games. The active career-leader in goals, assists, points and plus-minus is still getting it done at age 41, with a cumulative 31 points in 38 games. The five-time Art Ross Trophy winner posted his 1000th career assist on Mar. 29, and is riding back-to-back multi-assist outings.
•The Islanders are 7-1-1 in their last eight games, having allowed two goals or less in eight of the nine. At 20-16-4, New York is four games over .500 for the first time since Feb. 28, 2008.
•The Islanders have outscored their opponents 13-4 during the third period over the last nine games.
•Evgeni Nabokov has 19 wins, one shy of the league lead. Since Mar. 24, he has stopped 146-of-158 shots (.924 SV%) going 6-1-1 with a shutout.
•The Islanders are perfect on the penalty kill over the last six games (11-for-11), and are one of four teams (OTT, MIN, LAK) yet to allow a shorthanded goal.
Last 10 games
|New York Islanders previous game lines
40 Michael Grabner - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
6 Jesse Joensuu - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin
40 Michael Grabner - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Boston Bruins previous game lines
17 Milan Lucic - 46 David Krejci - 18 Nathan Horton
68 Jaromir Jagr - 11 Gregory Campbell - 63 Brad Marchand
20 Daniel Paille - 19 Tyler Seguin - 23 Chris Kelly
22 Shawn Thornton - 49 Rich Peverley - 38 Jordan Caron
27 Dougie Hamilton - 33 Zdeno Chara
21 Andrew Ference - 44 Dennis Seidenberg
43 Matt Bartkowski - 55 Johnny Boychuk
35 Anton Khudobin
40 Tuukka Rask
|Quote of the Day
“You know what’s to be expected of them. I think we’ve got to keep playing the same way we have, and raise up to the challenge. We know they’re a good team, but we’re a good team too. There’s eight more games to go. The standings are really tight. Every game is going to be crucial. At the same time, all our focus and concentration is on tomorrow night’s game. Nothing else matters right now.”
Islanders captain Mark Streit, on facing Boston