The Boston Bruins are on their last stop of their longest road trip of the season and it will finally come to a hault tonight as they take on the New York Islanders.
Since dropping their first game on the road trip to the Buffalo Sabres, the Bruins have won three straight. The B’s will return home versus the Ottawa Senators on Thursday which will start the B’s grueling schedule where they will play 34 games in a 63 day span to end the season. They will only have one more time with a two day layoff.
Boston comes in with an 11-2-2 record and previously defeated the Islanders at TD Garden at the end of January, 4-2.
The Islanders stand at 8-10-1. The Black and Gold are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games losing both in regulation to the Buffalo Sabres. The Islanders are 4-6 in their last 10 games, but have been playing with the type of excitement Islanders fans hoped for all season long, but the B’s will certainly put them to the test tonight.
The Bruins will have a healthy lineup going into tonight, while the Isles will be without defenseman Matt Carkner, who was placed on injured reserve last week with a lower-body injury.
After the jump: lineups, more storylines, linkage and tweets of interest
Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Nassau Coliseum
T.V./Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins (11-2-2, 24 points), Islanders (8-10-1, 17 points)
Bruins projected lineup
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Islanders projected lineup
Matt Moulson-John Tavares-Brad Boyes
Michael Grabner-Marty Reasoner-Kyle Okposo
Josh Bailey-Frans Nielsen-Keith Aucoin
Colin McDonald-Casey Cizikas-Matt Martin
Andrew MacDonald-Travis Hamonic
Radek Martinek-Mark Streit
Thomas Hickey-Lubomir Visnovsky
Bruins to watch
Look out for Tuukka Rask. He has been very hot lately going 5-0-1 in his last six starts. During that stretch, Tuukka has not allowed more than two goals in regulation.
Also, let’s keep tabs on Nathan Horton. He had a great stretch in Florida scoring two goals and nearly netting a hat trick, but let’s see if he can carry it over on the last game of this five game road trip.
Lastly, keep an eye on Zdeno Chara. Many of you saw his miraculous goal versus the Panthers Sunday afternoon, but his defense has been picking up lately and he is playing like a top defender again. Look for “Big Z” to carry the load on defense tonight versus the Islanders.
Islanders to watch
This is a no-brainer. John Tavares has been on a tear lately and he is tied for the league lead with 13 goals, and is third in the league in points (25). The former top overall pick is delivering in 2013 for the Islanders. He just needs a little assistance.
His assistance and other player to watch is Matt Moulson. In his last three games, Moulson has three goals and three assists so the Bruins must keep these two players in check in order to escape New York with a victory.
Joe McDonald looks ahead to the Bruins tough stretch of the schedule. (ESPNBoston)
James Murphy investigates five forwards the Bruins should be trying to acquire via the trade deadline. (ESPNBoston)
SB Nation (LightHouseHockey) previews tonight’s match up between the Boston Bruins and Tim Thomas’ new team the New York Islanders.
Tweets of interest
CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) gives us a view of the scene at the Nassau Coliseum – or lack thereof
This is what you see when you drive by the Nassau Coliseum home of the New York Islanders instagr.am/p/WNBGhxLBps/
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) February 26, 2013
And a shameless plug from Bruins Daily to answer today’s #DailySupahFans question (deadline is at 6 p.m.)
— Bruins Daily (@BruinsDaily) February 26, 2013