If there's ever been a chance for Boston to get a winning streak going since the last one ended almost two months ago, this is probably it.
The Bruins welcome the hapless New York Islanders to TD Garden this afternoon at 1 PM as they look to turn their recent improved play into a winning streak. The Isles head into the game not having won a game in regulation in two weeks, and having just two regulation wins dating back to the first of February (it's worth noting that New York has four overtime/shootout wins in that time, but whatever).
Meanwhile, Boston has points in four of its last five games, a span in which the Bruins have gone 3-1-1.
It's likely that Tuukka Rask will get the start for the Black and Gold this afternoon as after the game, the Bruins head to Manhattan to tangle with the Rangers tomorrow afternoon.
As for the rest of the squad, Johnny Boychuk (concussion) and Andrew Ference (un
disclosed injury, day-to-day) will likely be out, especially since Boston would like to have them back for tomorrow's game.
With the success of the Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Tyler Seguin line on Thursday against New Jersey, expect to see that line together again, with Brian Rolston or Benoit Pouliot joining the Patrice Bergeron line.
That means that both Matt Mottau and Rolston will get to see time against their former team, after being traded to the Bruins for prospects at last week's trade deadline.