|NYI||1||1||1||(0 - 0)||3|
|BOS||1||0||1||(0 - 0)||2|
|Team Record: 26-29-9
Last Game: 6-3 L @ PHI WSH
Season Series: 0-2-0 of 4
|Team Record: 38-21-3
Last Game: 3-2 OTW vs NJD
Season Series: 2-0-0 of 4
AThe Islanders recalled Casey Cizikas from loan Feb. 23 thanks to a stellar rookie season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. At the time of his recall, Cizikas led Bridgeport in assists (29), points (44) and plus/minus (+25). Now, he’s starting to fit in with the big club and his new linemates.
In the fourth game of his first-ever recall, Cizikas picked up a pair of assists for his first two NHL points. Now that he’s beginning to contribute on the scoresheet, he seems to have more comfort centering the diverse pair of speedy Michael Grabner and powerful Kyle Okposo. Cizikas set up the latter for a one-timer with a precision pass from behind the goal line Thursday night. The Isles’ fresh face could help heat up the young vets for the stretch run with continued playmaking like that.
On Thursday morning, David Krejci was still struggling to find his game. The hard-nosed center had only scored three goals in his last 23 games and his coach bounced him around on the wing to try and get him going. Changing spots wasn’t working, so Thursday night Krejci filled the pivot position again. And he took off.
The Bruins blew a two-goal lead to New Jersey, only to fight back on the heels of Krejci game-tying and overtime goals. After scoring early in the game, the overtime snipe won the game and gave Krejci his second-career hat trick. Heading into Saturday’s contest, he has posted three points in two games against the Isles and could look to break out even more
Bailey Bursts: After a quiet three-fourths of the 2011-12 season, Josh Bailey picked up his game in the last two contests. He sat out two games with back spasms, then returned to the Islanders lineup with new linemates in Frans Nielsen and David Ullstrom. He shifted to right wing, giving him more room to focus on scoring. The move paid dividends as he scored three goals in the pair of games, including both Isles first goals.
From Friends to Foes: Monday’s trade deadline brought a pair of goodbyes to the Islanders locker room. Mike Mottau and Brian Rolston were dealt to the Bruins in exchange for Marc Cantin and Yannick Riendeau. Saturday’s game will be the first between the two since the trade and could see old teammates face off. Rolston’s played in both of Boston’s games since the trade and Mottau has played in one of two.
Getting Healthy: The Islanders injured list continues to shrink heading into the final finish of games. Before the puck dropped in Philadelphia, Dylan Reese came off the IR and should be ready to play soon. The remaining players on the injured now are only goaltenders Rick DiPietro and Al Montoya. Having healthy players can be a vital part of success at the finish line of an 82-game season, so now’s their time to take advantage.
The Bruins shut out the Islanders 6-0 Nov. 19 at Nassau Coliseum. Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winner at 7:08 of the first period while Chris Kelly notched two goals. Nathan Horton, Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara rounded out the scoring for Boston and Tim Thomas made 23 saves for the shutout. Islanders prospect Anders Nilsson made his NHL debut in relief of Rick DiPietro and prior to the game, Ed Westfall, the Islanders original captain, was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.
Click the photo for gallery from the last time the Islanders played the Bruins.
IslandersPower play: 18.5%
Penalty kill: 81.7%
Home record: 14-14-5
Road record: 12-15-4
Goals For: 146
Goals Against: 193
BruinsPower play: 18.1%
Penalty kill: 84.9%
Home record: 19-11-2
Road record: 19-10-1
Goals For: 197
Goals Against: 143
Answer from Thursday's question: What player joined the New York Islanders on Mar. 1, 1980? The answer is: Ken Morrow. Morrow joined the Islanders after winning a gold medal for team USA at the 1980 Lake Placid Games.
Evgeni Nabokov gets the start tonight. Nino Niederreiter will be back in the lineup. Michael Grabner is out with an illness.
Bruins Expected LineupsForwards: Lucic-Krejci-Seguin; Marchand-Bergeron-Rolston; Pouliot-Kelly-Caron; Paille-Campbell-Thornton
Defensemen: Chara-Ference; Seidenberg-Corvo; McQuaid-Zanon.
Casey Cizikas on Thursday's loss in Philadelphia: "We're old enough guys in here to know we needed some pushback on them. I don't think we realized it until there was about 10 minutes left."
|Mar 31 '12||BOS 6 at NYI 3||T. Seguin|
|Mar 03 '12||NYI 3 at BOS 2||J. Tavares|
|Nov 19 '11||BOS 6 at NYI 0||P. Bergeron|
|Nov 07 '11||NYI 2 at BOS 6||T. Seguin|
|C. de Haan||1||0||0||0||+1||0||0||0|