Boston Bruins GameDay 44: B’s Take on Tavares and Isles

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: Patrice Bergeron
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: Patrice Bergeron /

The Boston Bruins will face off against the New York Islanders tonight in Brooklyn. This is the third and final meeting against the Isles.

Coming off a commanding 4-1 win over Montreal in Boston last night, the Boston Bruins take on the New York Islanders tonight.  This is the last time the Bruins and Islanders will play this season.  Boston won the previous two match ups.  The B’s march into the Barclays Center carrying a 14 game point streak.  Can they make it 15 tonight?

The Islanders come into tonight only one point out of a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.  They need this game to stay competitive with their in town rivals the New York Rangers, who have a game in hand on the Isles.  With the trade deadline about a month away, the Islanders will be fighting hard to stay out of seller territory.

What to watch for

Anton Khudobin will be between the pipes for the B’s after Tuukka Rask got the start last night.  Khudobin last played on January 15th in a 3-2 OT loss to Dallas.  He’ll be looking to at least extend the B’s point streak again tonight.

Just like last night, Kevan Miller will not play due to an illness.  Adam McQuaid had a solid game filling in for Miller last night, so look for McQuaid to continue to improve after a three month absence.

Shown below are the lines from last night, which will be used again tonight.  However, note that Khudobin will be playing instead of Rask.

B’s defense will have their hands full with the Islanders forwards.  John Tavares is tied for 2nd in the NHL in points with 54 and is 5th in goals with 24.  Islanders rookie phenom Matthew Barzal is also a huge scoring threat. Barzal leads all NHL rookies with 47 points.

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Game Info

The Bruins and the Islanders will face off at 7 PM EST at the Barclays Center.  The game can be seen locally on NESN and heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub.  Tune in tonight to see if the B’s can extend their point streak to 15 games.