Game Day Thread – Playoff Round 2 Game 5: Islanders @ Bruins

We are well into round 2 of the playoffs. We are back at the TD Garden for game 5 of the series. See it on NBCSN, TVA Sports, or SportsNet-1. Or listen on 98.5 The Sports Hub or 88.7FM WRHU. We are starting at 6:30PM EDT.


The Bruins have split the two games in their home stand to start the series, and split the next two games at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Can the Bruins break the tie with a third win in this series?

Let’s effing go!
I found this little hype video from 2019, and I liked it. What’s old is new again?


What will be the lines today?

The Injury Report: Ondrej Kaše is still out. Kevan Miller has been out with an undisclosed injury (which is totally not a concussion, but yeah, it’s almost certainly a concussion) and is skating, but not playing. Brandon Carlo got knocked out of game 3 with a hit that rocked his head. He is day-to-day, and is very unlikely for tonight. Steven Kampfer has an arm injury, and is out seemingly indefinitely.
Jarred Tinordi, Urho Vaakanainen, and Jakub Zboril are all available. Brad Marchand tweaked his right foot in practice, but continued on. Tinordi was in last game.

Karson Kuhlman will be on Charlie Coyle’s right wing, bumping Jake DeBrusk.
With Kevan Miller and Carlo out, Connor Clifton has been paired with Jared Tinordi with Jeremy Lauzon paired with Mike Reilly.

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

#12 Craig Smith

Craig Smith

#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

Jeremy Lauzon

#84 Jarred Tinordi

Jarred Tinordi

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: #6 Francis Charron — #8 François St. Laurent
Linesmen: #87 Devin Berg — #96 David Brisebois
(as usual, h/t Scouting the Refs)

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