January 27, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Islanders

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

32-15-3 (67 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
2.92 (6th) 2.14 (2nd) 20.6% (7th) 82.4% (14th)
 
21-25-8 (50 pts) 8th in Metro
14th in East
2.74 (13th) 3.24 (29th) 18.1% (18th) 75.9% (30th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Marchand, Smith (16) David Krejci (32) David Krejci (42) Patrice Bergeron (+23)
Adam McQuaid (69) Tuukka Rask (23) Tuukka Rask (2.08) Tuukka Rask (.930)
     
John Tavares (23) John Tavares (41) John Tavares (64)
Hickey, Vanek (+9) Matt Carkner (95) Kevin Poulin (11) Evgeni Nabokov (2.88) Evgeni Nabokov (.905)


SEASON SERIES

Nov. 2, 2013: Boston 1 @ New York 3

Dec. 31, 2013: New York 5 @ Boston 3

Jan. 27, 2014: Boston @ New York

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

Lucic - Krejci - Iginla
Marchand - Bergeron - Smith
Spooner - Soderberg - Eriksson
Paille - Campbell - Thornton

 Chara - Boychuk
Krug - Miller
Bartkowski - Hamilton

Chad Johnson

Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL)
Chris Kelly (fractured fibula)
Adam McQuaid (undisclosed) 


Vanek - Tavares - Okposo
Regin - Nielsen - Bailey
Grabner - Nelson - Clutterbuck
Martin - Cizikas - McDonald

Strait - MacDonald
 de Haan - Hickey
Visnovsky - Carkner 


Kevin Poulin

Travis Hamonic (concussion)


NEWS & NOTES

* Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is set to return to the lineup tonight. He's been out for three months with a concussion. Evgeni Nabokov, who's been absent since the first week of January with a lower-body injury, will be Kevin Poulin's backup.

* After a rough road trip through California and a stretch in which they were alternating wins and losses, the Bruins are now 3-0-1 in their last four games.

* New York began 2014 on an 8-3-0 run, but they've dropped their last two tilts (6-4 loss to Pittsburgh, 4-3 shootout loss to the  Blues).

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Brad Marchand (8 pts last 5 GP)

Patrice Bergeron (8 pts last 5 GP)

Carl Soderberg (0 pts last 5 GP)

Loui Eriksson (0 pts last 5 GP)

* Patrice Bergeron has eight points in his last eight games against the Isles, dating back to 2011-12.

* Greg Campbell made his NHL debut against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Oct. 18, 2003, while a member of the Panthers.

 

Kyle Okposo (7 pts last 4 GP)

John Tavares (7 pts last 5 GP)

Cal Clutterbuck (0 pts last 3 GP)

Calvin de Haan (0 pts last 4 GP)

* Bruins-killer Thomas Vanek has five points in three games this season against Boston. One of them came Oct. 23 when he was still a member of the Sabres. The Austrian winger comes in with 30-31-61 totals lifetime in 52 games against the B's.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* The Islanders have really turned things around since suffering a 10-game winless streak from Nov. 19 to Dec. 9. John Tavares and his linemates, Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo, have really put the team on their back during the Isles' revival. In January alone, the trio has combined for 50 points. They'll, quite obviously, pose quite the challenge for the Bruins' defense, especially with the home-ice advantage of last change. The fact that Boston's penalty kill has been in disarray without Dennis Seidenberg doesn't help matters, either.

* On the flip side, the Isles' defense has had trouble with virtually every team they've gone up against of late. New York's allowed 21 goals (not counting the shootout) over their last five tilts, which they've lost three of. Lubomir Visnovsky's return should be a nice boost for the Islanders' blue line, but with Poulin and his sub-.900 save percentage in net, for a team with the worst PK in the league, the Bruins should be able to keep up the pace with New York's red-hot offense.

* Chad Johnson will be making his third appearance against the Isles this season. He's 0-1 thus far, having allowed five goals on 45 shots in those two tilts. On the bright side, the B's backup has been playing well of late and will look to keep that trend going. Johnson's won consecutive starts and owns a .935 save percentage in his last four appearances.

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com