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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins

The Islanders go for the season sweep of the Bruins.

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins

New York Islanders
21-25-8 (50 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
8-10-8 home
Boston Bruins
32-15-3 (67 points - 1st in Atlantic Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference)
13-10-1 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
2013-14 season series (2-0-0)
The Islanders took the first two games of their season series with the Bruins and are looking for their first season sweep since 2005-06. In their most recent outing, the Islanders rallied from a 3-1 deficit with four straight goals for the 5-3 comeback win. John Tavares and Frans Nielsen each scored twice, while the Islanders scored a season-high, four power-play goals.
 
Dec. 31, 2013: NYI 5, BOS 3 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Bruins player to watch
Brad Marchand - Forward

After a slow start, Brad Marchand is heating up for the Boston Bruins. The agitator has eight points (six goals, two assists) during a five-game run and has goals in four of those games. Marchand has 16 goals and 29 points in 50 games this season and is poised to hit the 20-goal mark for the third time in the last three full seasons.
His 16 goals are tied for the team lead and his plus-18 rating is third on the B's.
Islanders Storylines
Season Sweep: The Islanders go for their first season sweep over the Bruins since 2005-06.  
Okposo: Kyle Okposo set a new career-high in points (54) with a goal and an assist Saturday against St. Louis. Okposo has eight points (3g/5a) during a five-game point streak.
Tavares: John Tavares has two goals and six assists during a six-game point streak.
Stingy Bruins: The Bruins have allowed 110 goals this season, the least of any Eastern Conference team.
The Matchup
Islanders
18.0% (18th)
75.9% (30th)
154
179
6-3-1


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Bruins
20.6 (7th)
82.4% (14th)
147
110
6-3-1
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
16 Peter Regin - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner  -
29 Brock Nelson - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
37 Brian Strait - 47 Andrew MacDonald 
44 Calvin de Haan -
46 Matt Donovan
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
Boston Bruins previous game lines
Forwards
17 Milan Lucic - 46 David Krejci - 12 Jerome Iginla
63 Brad Marchand - 37 Patrice Bergeron - 18 Reilly Smith
20 Daniel Paille - 34 Carl Soderberg - 21 Loui Eriksson
38 Jordan Caron  - 11 Gregory Campbell - 22 Shawn Thornton
 
Defensemen
33 Zdeno Chara - 55 Johnny Boychuk
43 Matt Bartkowski - 86 Kevan Miller
47 Torey Krug - 27 Dougie Hamilton

Goaltenders
40 Tuukka Rask
30 Chad Johnson
Quote of the Day:
Matt Martin on Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Blues:
It was a tough way to lose, but if we play like that most nights we are going to come out on top.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 17 19 -4 36
K. Okposo 47 12 24 -9 36
B. Nelson 49 20 11 1 31
F. Nielsen 49 15 16 -2 31
M. Grabovski 49 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 48 8 15 5 23
A. Lee 49 7 14 1 21
N. Leddy 49 3 16 -12 19
R. Strome 38 5 13 -6 18
N. Kulemin 49 5 9 6 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 10 4 .921 2.18
T. Greiss 13 6 2 .927 2.32
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