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Preview: Bruins vs Islanders, 12/19

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Two of the Eastern Conference’s best go toe-to-toe at the Garden

NHL: Boston Bruins at New York Islanders Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Just the Facts

Where: TD Garden

When: 7 pm

How to Follow: NESN, 98.5 the Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Lighthouse Hockey

Know Your Enemy

  • 22-8-2, second in Metropolitan division, third in Eastern Conference
  • Mathew Barzal leads the team in goals, assists, and points (13-14=27 in 32 games played).
  • Semyon Varlamov (11-3-2, 2.37 GAA, .923 SV%) and Thomas Greiss (11-5-0, 2.39 GAA, .924 SV%) split time and have virtually identical statistics.

Game Notes

  • The Islanders saw a three game winning streak come to a crashing halt on Tuesday night, surrendering eight goals at home to the Nashville Predators on 24 shots. The Predators scored seven unanswered from the middle of the second period on.
  • Tuesday’s result marked the first time that the Islanders had lost in regulation when scoring three or more goals (19-1-1).
  • The Bruins enter the contest on a little bit of skid themselves. After beating the Panthers to end a long losing streak, the Bruins started their four game homestand by only collecting one point against the Kings.
  • Brad Marchand took a maintenance day at Wednesday’s practice, but all signs point to him continuing to be in the lineup for the game.