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PREVIEW: Bruins host Islanders for Patrice Bergeron’s 1000th game

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It was so nice of them to get the Islanders to visit for his birthday pres... oh wait, they’re leading the Metro?!

NHL: All Star Game
Fun’s over, fellas. Get back to backchecking.
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PREVIEW

Just the Facts

Who: The New York Islanders (30-15-6) visit the Boston Bruins (28-17-7)

What: The Bruins are coming off a losing-to-the-Capitals exorcism of a game, so we might expect a confident start and a late first/early second lull. New York Brooklyn New York comes off of two days’ rest after a back-to-back late last week.

When: 7:00 PM

Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA

How to watch: MSG+ 2, NESN

Rival SBN site: Lighthouse Hockey

Know Your Enemy

Team Leaders

Goals: Anders Lee, 18

Assists: Matt Barzal, 31

Points: Barzal, 46

Game Notes

  • The Isles are outperforming expectations for this, the first year of the post-Tavares apocalypse. Barzal is the only player above 40 points on the season thus far; yet, the Isles lead the Metropolitan division, are one of the three 30-win teams in the East, and went 8-2-1 in January. The team is SO hot right now.
  • By contrast, Boston went 6-3-3 in January, and only two of those games were decided with less than five total goals scored in the game (among both teams). Boston can score, but the difference between 5v5 expected goals scored and allowed per game is barely more than 1/10th of a point. Slim margins.
  • Though they have consistent scoring from their top line and David Krejci and Torey Krug, it drops off VERY quick (Jake DeBrusk is sixth on the team with 18 points; the Islanders have 8 players with more than 20).
  • Congrats again to Tuukka Rask, who can only extend his career wins lead for the Bruins. Unclear if he’s in the net tonight.