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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Boston Bruins

The Islanders close out 2013 against the Bruins.

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Boston Bruins
The Islanders close out 2013 in Boston against the Bruins. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

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.
 
Nov 2, 2013: NYI 3, BOS 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
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
Islanders
15.1% (23rd)
74.0% (29th)
102
135
4-4-2


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Bruins
21.7 (6th)
87.1% (3rd)
114
81
7-3-0
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
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

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

Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
20 Evgeni Nabokov
Boston Bruins previous game lines
Forwards
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
 
Defensemen
43 Matt Bartkowski - 55 Johnny Boychuk
47 Torey Krug - 54 Adam McQuaid
42 Zach Trotman - 79 David Warsofsky

Goaltenders
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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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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