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Bruins Look To Keep Rolling With Sweep Of Islanders

Published January 18, 2018 at 2:47 PM
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Boston Bruins 58 pts (25-10-8) @ New York Islanders 50 pts (23-19-4)

7 p.m. ET
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
TV: NESN
Radio: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub

Season Series/Schedule

Date      Game                                    GWG


9-Dec    NYI 1 @ BOS 3           Jake DeBrusk                                                                      
2-Jan     BOS 5 @ NYI 1                    Patrice Bergeron
18-Jan   BOS @ NYI         

Team Leaders

Bruins                                                                   Islanders

Brad Marchand, 43          Points                   John Tavares, 54
Brad Marchand, 19          Goals                    Anders Lee, 26
Brad Marchand, 24          Assists                  Josh Bailey, 38

The Boston Bruins are riding a 14-game point streak after their 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, their longest such streak since 2014.  They will look to continue it tonight at the New York Islanders, who they have beaten twice already this season.

Brad Marchand and Danton Heinen each have two goals and three points versus the Islanders this season.  Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee were the only Islanders to find the back of the net in the first two meetings against the Bruins.

Patrice Bergeron may have some extra motivation in Brooklyn tonight as he did not register a shot on goal versus the Habs, snapping a streak of 114 straight games with at least one shot on goal.

Tuukka Rask gave just two goals on 57 shots in the two previous games against the Islanders this season, but he will get the night off after playing last night.

The Bruins held an optional skate today, but head coach Bruce Cassidy did confirm that defenseman Adam McQuaid will be back in the lineup after making his return to game action against the Canadiens.

"Very solid, thought he handled the puck very well, especially at the offensive blue line," Cassidy said of McQuaid today, per the Bruins official site. "I thought that's where the rust would be, to be honest, not having pressure around him. But handled it very well. Penalty kill is one of his fortes -obviously delivered there, solid defensively. Very pleased with his game.

This the eighth out of 14 times the Bruins will play on back-to-back days.  They are 2-3-2 in the previous seven second nights of consecutive games.



Probable Bruins Lineup

FORWARDS

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Ryan Spooner
Danton Heinen - Riley Nash - David Backes
Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk - Adam McQuaid

GOALTENDER

Anton Khudobin (9-2-4, 2.40 GAA, .924 save %, 1 SO)

INJURY REPORT

D-Kevan Miller (illness) day-to-day

Probable Islanders Lineup

FORWARDS

Anders Lee - John Tavares - Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauvillier - Matt Barzal - Jordan Eberle
Michael Dal Colle - Brock Nelson - Shane Prince
Jason Chimera - Tanner Fritz - Cal Clutterbuck

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Nick Leddy - Scott Mayfield
Adam Pelech - Sebastian Aho
Thomas Hickey - Ryan Pulock

GOALTENDER

Jaroslav Halak (13-13-2, 3.22 GAA, .906 save %, 0 SO)

NJURY REPORT

LW-Nikolay Kulemin (upper-body) out, D-Calvin de Hann (upper-body) out, D-Johnny Boychuk (lower-body) out, LW-Andrew Ladd (undisclosed) out, C-Casey Cizikas (upper-body) day-to-day

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