Tonight the Bruins will host the New York Islanders at the TD Garden (yeah, that picture is actually from the Barclay’s facade, but I like it, so it stays. Nyaaah).
The Bruins have been less than spectacular over the last few weeks, with a 2-2-2 record (like a Canadian Tylenol) over the last six games. However, on Sunday, they managed to reach two milestones. First, they beat the Washington Capitals in 60 minutes for the first time in four years. Perhaps they only scored once on Braden Holtby, and perhaps they were penned in their defensive zone for the majority of the last 30 minutes, but they won nevertheless. Second, primary goaltender Tuukka Rask logged a shutout victory for his 253rd win as the Bruins goaltender, surpassing Tiny Thompson for the most of any goaltender while a Bruin.
They have been trying to find some secondary scoring by bringing up forwards from their AHL affiliate, including current call-ups Peter Cehlárik and Trent Frederic. Cehlarik has scored 2 goals and an assist during 6 games on David Krejci’s wing, while Frederic has yet to score a point in three games.
Returning to the subject of milestones, fan favorite, Patrice Bergeron is set to play his 1000th NHL game tonight, all in a Bruins uniform.
That’s a pretty impressive run. By comparison, Zdeno Chara has played 1456 games, 926 as a Bruin. David Krecji had played 821 games and David Backes has played 901 games (174 as a Bruin). Lets flash back to his rookie season – it seems like just yesterday…
"Playing 1000 games for the same organization is something that I'm very proud of and I think it's special.— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 4, 2019
📝 Everything you need to know as Patrice Bergeron gets set to play his 1000th game against the Metro division-leading Islanders. Read More: https://t.co/3XOxZRT0k7
So what do the lines look like?
Joakim Nordstrom has returned to the lineup after an injured fibula. Tuukka Rask is back from a concussion. Call-ups Peter Cehlárik and Trent Frederic will continue where they have played. Defenseman John Moore is sitting out to allow Matt Grzelcyk to slot back in. Bruce Cassidy will swap Carlo and McAvoy to get the Chara-Carlo pairing back together again
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#40 Tuukka Rask||(#41 Jaroslav Halak)|
Tonight’s opponent are the New York Islanders. This is the second of three meetings between the two teams – the Bruins won the last match in overtime. The Isles have been on a bit of a tear lately, moving from outside the playoff structure to first place in the Metropolitan division with a cumulative record of 30-15-6 (66 points). They are 4-0-2 in their last six games with both OT losses coming in the shootout. Key to this resurgence has been their goaltending prowess. Lead goaltender Robin Lehner is currently leading the league in save percentage with .932 and a GAA of 2.02. They have a few injuries of note, 3 of which have been stewing for a while. Thomas Hickey, Linus Soderstrom, and Andrew Ladd are on injured reserve with an upper body injury, a shoulder injury and an injured leg, respectively. More recently, forward Tom Kuhnhackl has been out for five games due to ‘illness’. (h/t Daily Faceoff):
#27 Anders Lee — #29 Brock Nelson — #7 Jordan Eberle
#18 Anthony Beauvillier — #13 Mathew Barzal — #12 Josh Bailey
#28 Michael Dal Colle — #51 Valtteri Filppula — #47 Leo Komarov
#17 Matt Martin — #53 Casey Cizikas — #15 Cal Clutterbuck
#2 Nick Leddy — #55 Johnny Boychuk
#3 Adam Pelech — #6 Ryan Pulock
#25 Devon Toews — #24 Scott Mayfield
#40 Robin Lehner
#1 Thomas Greiss
LETS DO THIS!