The Bruins are at home, facing the New York Islanders for the 8th and final time this season. It will be broadcast on NBCSN, NESN+ and MSG+, and a couple of SportsNet regions. On the radio on 98.5 the Sports Hub, and the Tri-states’ WRHU.
Last time in Bruins Hockey…
The Bruins were playing the Rangers, for the final time this season, at the TD Garden.
The Rangers were moderately energized in spite of their turmoil, and the Bruins were not sharp on the blue line. Tuukka was in net, and playing well enough (though one could argue that he got caught sleeping on one shot), but the Rangers came up with a few difficult to defend drives. The Bruins had better possession numbers, and took 39 shots to the Rags’ 23. But they would lose in regulation, by a score of 4-5.
The Bruins are now at 32-15-7 which has them at 3rd in the MassMutual East division, 6 points behind the Penguins and 4 behind the Caps, 1 ahead of the Isles. They have clinched a playoff spot, but cannot move up in the standings to the 2nd spot. There is a possibility for the Bruins to drop to fourth place if they lose both tonight’s match and the following game vs the Caps.
What will be the lines today?
Well there is still a little movement with the forward lines.
The Injury Report: Ondrej Kaše is back, and should play today. Charlie Coyle left the game early after getting hit by a puck on Tuesday and will probably not play today.
With Charlie Coyle out, and Ondrej Kaše back, Chris Wagner will play on the right wing with Sean Kuraly at center and Nick Ritchie on the left wing of the 3rd line. On the 4th line, Jake DeBrusk will play on the left side, and Kaše on the right, with Lazar at center – Karson Kuhlman and Trent Frederic gets the day off.
Matt Grzelcyk was paired with Charlie McAvoy on Sunday and at morning skate, so expect those defensive pairings again, but with Clifton in for Miller who likely gets his last day off today.
Tuukka Rask is in net, Jeremy Swayman will be his backup, with Jaroslav Halak getting as day off.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#40 Tuukka Rask||(#1 Jeremy Swayman)|
Tonight’s opponent are the New York Islanders. This will be the 8th and final meeting between these two playoff-bound teams this season.
The Isles are missing an injured Anders Lee (out for the season), Winger Ross Johnston is also out with an undisclosed injury. They are 5-2-0 in their last seven games.
At the trade deadline, they acquired Kyle Palmieri, Travis Zajac and Brayden Coburn, without losing NHL-level player assets. They seem particularly well suited to beat the Bruins. Isn’t that great.
(h/t Daily Faceoff):
#47 Leo Komarov — #13 Mathew Barzal — #7 Jordan Eberle
#18 Anthony Beauvillier — #29 Brock Nelson — #12 Josh Bailey
#21 Kyle Palmieri — #44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau — #26 Oliver Wahlstrom
#32 Ross Johnston — #53 Casey Cizikas — #15 Cal Clutterbuck
#3 Adam Pelech — #6 Ryan Pulock
#2 Nick Leddy — #24 Scott Mayfield
#8 Noah Dobson — #4 Andy Greene
#40 Semyon Varlamov
(#30 Ilya Sorokin)