The Bruins return home tonight to host the New York Islanders and look to add to their season high two-game-winning-streak. The Islanders snapped a six-game-losing streak with a 5-3 win against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.
The Bruins are coming off their best game of the year, a 7-0 win in Toronto on Saturday night, it was the first time all season that the Bruins have won back-to-back games.
Puck Drop: 7 p.m.
TV: Versus; Raido: 98.5 The Sports Hub
2010-11 Season Series: Bruins 3-1
Expected Goalies: Tim Thomas vs. Rick DiPietro
What to watch for Bruins:
After just three wins in the ten games the Bruins played in during the month of October, the Bruins have won both games this month, and quite frankly have put in two of their best efforts all season. The Bruins host a slumping Islanders team and should be able to take two points out of this one.
Patrice Bergeron, (six games, eight points) Tyler Seguin, (three games, five points) and Milan Lucic (three games, five points) all have multiple game point streaks going. That trio has been a big reason for the Bruins recent success showing some solid offensive punch. Look for those three guys to continue their hot streaks against a poor Islanders team tonight.
After just one point in his first eight games, David Krejci broke out with two goals, and an assist in Saturday’s win. It will be interesting to see if Krejci’s three point night was just what he needed to shake off the slow start and get back to the Krejci that led the NHL in playoff scoring last season.
What to watch for Islanders:
Lately the Bruins have done a great job shutting down their opponents leading scorer, to make things easier for themselves they will have to do so again tonight. The Islanders are led by their very young and talented center John Tavares. The former number one overall draft pick leads the Islanders in goals (8) and points. (12) Tavares is also tied with four others for the league lead in power play goals with four.
The Islanders are averaging just 2.09 goals per game which comes in at second worst in the entire NHL. Look for the Islanders to put a lot of pucks towards the net in hopes of scratching out some lucky goals.
Despite some low totals in points, the Islanders have talented forwards like Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner, and Kyle Okposo that can strike at any time. The Bruins blue liners will need to be on their toes tonight.
Gameday links Bruins:
Bruins climbing out of hole, one game at a time (New England Hockey Journal/ Jesse Connolly)
The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa talks about Patrice Bergeron finding his game.
Want a new Tyler Seguin T-Shirt? Days of Y’Orr is the place to look.
New to Bruins Daily:
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Gameday links Islanders:
Lighthouse Hockey has a preview of tonight’s tilt in the Islanders point of view.
Former Bruin, now Islander, Brian Rolston is looking for a fresh start in Long Island. (Thecheckingline.com/ Rob McGowan)