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    Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Islanders

    Matthew Castle November 29, 2018

    Following a narrow 4-2 defeat in Toronto on Monday, the Boston Bruins will look to bounce back and return to the win column on Rick Middleton night, as they welcome the New York Islanders to TD Garden.

    The Bruins hold a 87-54-21-4 series edge over the Islanders and have won nine of the last 11 meetings, including four straight leading up to Thursday’s matchup. This by no means will be an easy matchup for the injury-plagued Bruins even with their recent history against the Isles.

    Patrice Bergeron’s absence has slowed down the offense, as the Bruins have scored a mere 11 goals in their last six games, yet, they’re 3-1-2 over that span. Even David Pastrnak — tied for the league lead in goals — felt residual effects of playing without the four-time Selke winner before snapping his five-game dry spell with a pair of tallies against the Maple Leafs.

    The injuries keep on mounting as the Bruins will be without Kevan Miller (larynx) for the next five weeks. But there’s some good news on the injury front, which we’ll share in the storylines.

    Gametime: Middleton ceremony 6:30 p.m.; puck drop 8:08 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 13-7-4 (30 points), Islanders 12-9-2 (26 points)
    Location: TD Garden

    Bruins Projected Lines

    Brad Marchand-Colby Cave-David Pastrnak
    Danton Heinen-David Krejci-Jake DeBrusk
    Ryan Donato-Joakim Nordstrom-Noel Acciari
    Chris Wagner-Sean Kuraly-David Backes

    Torey Krug-Connor Clifton
    John Moore-Steven Kampfer
    Jeremy Lauzon-Matt Grzelcyk

    Tuukka Rask
    Jaroslav Halak

    Islanders Projected Lines

    Anthony Beauvillier-Matthew Barzal-Josh Bailey
    Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Jordan Eberle
    Tom Kuhnhackl-Valtteri Filppula-Leo Komarov
    Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck

    Nick Leddy-Johnny Boychuck
    Thomas Hickey-Ryan Pulock
    Adam Pelech-Scott Mayfield

    Thomas Greiss
    Robin Lehner

    Bruins-Islanders Storylines

    – Ryan Donato makes his return to the Bruins’ lineup following his eventful stint in Providence. The 22-year-old struggled out of the gates in his first full NHL season — tallying just one goal in eleven appearances — where ice time was hard to come by. Donato became primary focal point down in the AHL and found his scoring touch with an impressive 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in 10 games. Donato’s return means that Anders Bjork will be the odd man out on the third line. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, who skated with Pastrnak and Brad Marchand for three games, will join Bjork in the healthy scratch deparment. Sean Kuraly, meanwhile, makes his return to the fourth line after watching Monday’s loss from the Scotiabank Arena press box.

    – The Bruins received good news on Wednesday with defenseman Brandon Carlo’s return to practice. The 22-year-old hasn’t skated in a game since sustaining an upper-body injury on Nov. 10. Carlo returnted to the ice prior to the team’s morning skate on Thursday. Head coach Bruce Cassidy ruled Carlo out for Thursday, but left the door open for a potential return on Saturday night when the B’s host the Red Wings on Causeway Street.

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    Matthew Castle

    Matt is a recent graduate from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in sports journalism and a minor in business. He currently reports on the Boston Bruins and writes featured stories and game recaps for both Bruins Daily and Boston.com


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