Game Day Thread – Playoff Round 2 Game 2: Islanders @ Bruins

Round 2 of the playoffs have arrived! Bruins are at home, hosting the New York Islanders for the first of two home games to start this round. See it on NBC, TVA Sports, and SportsNet360. We are starting at 8:00PM EDT.


The Bruins have just come off a best of seven series with the Washington Capitals, in which they lost a close game 1, and then won 4 games in a row – two at home and two on the road to win the series and advance to the second round.

Let’s effing go!


What will be the lines today?

The Injury Report: Ondrej Kaše is still out. Kevan Miller is out and as of this morning wasn’t at practice. Steven Kampfer has an arm injury, and is out seemingly indefinitely. Craig Smith got injured in the last game and is out.

Jake DeBrusk is in Craig Smith’s spot.
Charlie Coyle will be centering Nick Ritchie & Karson Kuhlman.
With Kevan Miller out, Connor Clifton will be paired with Jeremy Lauzon, with both players on their natural sides.

Tuukka Rask is in net, Jeremy Swayman will be his backup.

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

#71 Taylor Hall

Taylor Hall

David Krejci

David Krejci

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

#21 Nick Ritchie

Nick Ritchie

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

Karson Kuhlman

Karson Kuhlman

Sean Kuraly

Sean Kuraly

#20 Curtis Lazar

Curtis Lazar

#14 - Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner

Bruins Defensive pairs
Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

#6 Mike Reilly

Mike Reilly

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Jeremy Lauzon

Connor Clifton

Connor Clifton

Bruins Goaltending
#40 Tuukka Rask (#1 Jeremy Swayman)


Tonight’s opponent are the New York Islanders. The Isles were the 4th seed from the MassMutual East division, and the one with the worst record since the trade deadline. Yet, they managed to beat the #1 seed – the Pittsburgh Penguins in 6 games.
The Isles have been missing an injured Anders Lee (out for the season), Winger Ross Johnston is also out with an undisclosed injury. Oliver Wahlstrom hurt his leg and has been day to day. Travis Zajac replaced him last game and is likely to replace him today as well. At the trade deadline, they acquired Kyle Palmieri, Travis Zajac and Brayden Coburn, without losing NHL-level player assets. This seems like a recipe for disaster for the Bruins, but the Bruins seemed to have have success against them post-trade deadline. Sorokin, Varlamov & Cory Schneideer were all at practice with Sorokin getting more minutes, but Varlamov appears to be in net tonight.
(h/t Daily Faceoff):

Islanders Forwards
#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 — #14 Travis Zajac
#17 Matt Martin — #53 Casey Cizikas — #15 Cal Clutterbuck

Islanders Defense
#3 Adam Pelech — #6 Ryan Pulock
#2 Nick Leddy — #24 Scott Mayfield
#8 Noah Dobson — #4 Andy Greene

Islanders Goaltending
#40 Semyon Varlamov
(#30 Ilya Sorokin)

Officiating
Referees: #19 Gord Dwyer — #9 Dan O’Rourke
Linesmen: #76 Michel Cormier — #83 Matt MacPherson
(as usual, h/t Scouting the Refs)

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Leafs lose!!! :-D. Lmao

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Power play Isles… Advantage Bruins?

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OMG!!! I’m taking full credit for this comeback!!!

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Whoa! B rad!

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Bergy!!!!

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Captain Clutch!!

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Fans are into it!!!

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Came home for the 3rd. Readsboro Inn ain’t workin’

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BTW, how did Carlo wind up in the box? WTF?