Bruins vs. Islanders Preview: BERGERON IS SKATING YOU GUYS

Jared Wickerham

Patrice Bergeron took morning skate! I am choosing to focus on the POSITIVES here, oh my god.

Just the Facts

Game Time: 7:00 PM, TD Garden, Boston, MA. TV Broadcast: NESN+ NOTE NOTE NOTE: NOT NESN. NESN+. THE RED SOX ARE ON NESN. Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Records: Bruins (26-9-4, 56 points, fourth in the East) vs. Islanders (20-16-4, 44 points, seventh in the East)

The Other Side's SB Nation Site: Lighthouse Hockey

Get Tickets here: Boston Bruins Tickets

Isles projected lines:

Moulson - Tavares - Boyes
Okposo - Bailey - Nielsen
Martin - Cizikas - Joensuu
Grabner - Aucoin - McDonald

Hamonic - MacDonald
Visnovsky - Hickey
Streit - Carkner

Nabokov

Bruins projected lines:

OH GOD I DONT KNOW. Here is a guess:

Lucic - Krejci - Horton
Seguin - Campbell - Jagr
Peverley - Kelly - Paille
Caron - Daugavins - Thornton

Chara - Hamilton
Seidenberg - Boychuk
Ference - McQuaid

Rask

Preview:

Putting the antics of the last game behind them and taking tonight's game against legit playoff contenders the New York Islanders (wait....time out....WHAT?) seriously will be the biggest challenge for the Bruins tonight.

There's a few pieces of good news today - Adam McQuaid will likely return to the lineup! Patrice Bergeron is skating! something something Swedish Unicorns! No update on Brad Marchand quite yet, however.

The Islanders, with 44 points, are involved in a three-way tie for the sixth through eighth place spots pointswise, sandwiched between the Senators and the Rangers. The Sens have a game in hand on the two teams from New York, and Winnipeg is hot on all their heels with 42 points.

(Sidenote: The Caps are in third? Ottawa's lost five straight? WHAT IS HAPPENING.)

From the Isles' perspective, this game is huge. It's an opportunity for them to move into a playoff position where they'd play an incredibly weak third-seeded team. From the Bruins' perspective, however, it's an opportunity to keep rolling - they've won five of their last six games, and seem to have snapped out of the scoring slump that'd plagued them for a few games.

The loss of Marchand will sting, but the emergence of Gregory Campbell as a decent second line center last night and Daniel Paille's excellent play complementing Campbell's at least proves that the Bruins have depth, that they don't rely on any one player for goals, and that they should be able to move forward from this.

Also, Seguin-Campbell-Jagr is just a guess, but I'd actually really like to see what that line could do.

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