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So much manatee hockey, so little time.

NHL: New York Islanders at Boston Bruins Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Just the Facts:

The Time: 1pm EST

The Place: TD Garden - Boston, Mass.

The Place to Watch: NESN, MSG+

The Place to Listen: 98.5 The Sports Hub

The Stakes: The Bruins have scored 19 goals in their last five games, but it’s not time to take the foot off the gas just yet - Toronto and Ottawa sit just three points back with five games in hand. The Bruins have not yet had their league-mandated bye week; they need to amass as many points as possible, because the teams in the rear-view mirror are much closer than they appear.

Game Notes:

  • This is the second of three contests between Boston and the Islanders this year; the first, only a few weeks ago on December 20th, ended in the Islanders’ favor, 4-2.
  • Both Millers, Kevan and Colin, are out. Kevan Miller suffered a concussion during Saturday’s Flyers game.
  • The leading scorers for the Islanders so far this season are John Tavares, with 32 points, and Josh Bailey with 28. By comparison, Brad Marchand has 43 points.
  • This is the third game of a 3-game road trip for the Islanders; they are 1-2-2 in their last five, including one win and a loss on this road trip.
  • With Jaroslav Halak in Bridgeport, and Thomas Greiss having allowed seven goals on 43 shots in his sixth start in a row against Carolina on Saturday, it’s very likely the Bruins will see J-F Berube, who hasn’t started a game since December 18.
  • Something something Dennis Seidenberg.


Boston Bruins:


Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Frank Vatrano - David Krejci - David Backes

Tim Schaller - Ryan Spooner - Riley Nash

Anton Blidh - Dominic Moore - Austin Czarnik

Defense Pairings:

Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

Joe Morrow - John-Michael Liles


Tuukka Rask

Zane McIntyre

NY Islanders:


Anders Lee - John Tavares - Josh Bailey

Andrew Ladd - Brock Nelson - Ryan Strome

Alan Quine - Anthony Beauvillier - Jason Chimera

Nikolay Kulemin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Defense Pairings:

Calvin de Haan - Dennis Seidenberg

Nick Leddy - Adam Pelech

Thomas Hickey - Scott Mayfield


Thomas Griess

Jean-Francois Berube