After the 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars that featured a goal from newcomer Nick Ritchie, the Bruins will be facing an Islanders’ team who are looking to break their two-game losing streak.
GETTING OVER THE SKID
Boston recently suffered a losing bump after dropping two games, but managed to get back into the winning column after Thursday’s win over the Stars. The team travels to Nassau Coliseum as they look for their 10th straight road win as they start a new three-game road-trip. The Bruins are leading the league and the Atlantic Divison, while the Islanders currently hold the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Islanders are 4-6 in their last 10 games, while the Bruins are 7-3 in their last 10 games. In the last five games played, Boston’s David Pastrnak and the Islanders Mathew Barzal each have eight points. Brad Marchand has an eight-game point streak, with three goals and nine assists.
New York’s Jordan Eberle has a goal in the past two games. He also has a five-game point streak with five goals and two assists. Jean-Gabriel Pageau has scored two goals in two straight games as an Islander (he was newly acquired from the Ottawa Senators).
Pastrnak leads the league with 46 goals, and is second behind Edmonton’s Leon Draisatl with 90 points. He also leads the league in powerplay goals (19). Marchand is tied for fourth in the league with 55 assists. Chris Wagner did not make the trip as he is nursing an upper-body injury. He is listed day-to-day. Teams have split the regular-season series.
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
Ritchie – Krejci – Kase
DeBrusk – Coyle – Kuhlman
Kuraly – Lindholm – Nordstrom/Bjork
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Grzelcyk – Lauzon
PROJECTED LINEUPS-NEW YORK
Lee — Barzal — Eberle
Beauvillier — Nelson — Brassard
Dal Colle — Pageau — Bailey
Martin — Koivula — Komarov
Greene (day-to-day) — Pulock
Toews — Mayfield
Leddy — Boychuk
WHEN TO WATCH: Today, February 29th with puck drop at 1:00 PM. NHLN,MSG, NESN
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