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Islanders vs Bruins Preview: Isles Look to Win Another at Home

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JANUARY 18: Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders checks Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins at the Nassau Coliseum on January 18, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders shut-out the Bruins 1-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JANUARY 18: Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders checks Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins at the Nassau Coliseum on January 18, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders shut-out the Bruins 1-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders take on the Boston Bruins in the second game of a four-game homestand for the Islanders. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. eastern time.

The Islanders are coming into this game after breaking their two-game losing streak on Monday against the Sabres. The Isles skated to a 3-2 victory at home against Buffalo.

The Bruins’ last game was on Sunday evening in Lake Tahoe against the Philadelphia Flyers. They had a four-goal second period en route to a 7-3 victory in the outdoor game.

The New York Islanders look to improve their outstanding record at home and against the Boston Bruins

The Nassau Coliseum has been a great place for the Islanders in 2021. So far this season the Islanders have a 5-0-1 record at home.

Although Boston has played some outstanding hockey through their first 16 games and currently sit first in the East Divison, the one team they have struggled against is the Isles.

Boston only has three regulation losses this season with two of them coming against the blue and orange at the Coliseum. The Islanders will want to improve that trend tonight.

Tale of the Tape

Odds

The Islanders come into today as the underdogs, courtesy of the Action network.

Although the Islanders are the underdogs today, they are an interesting team to watch out for. They are one of a few teams who have played well against the Bruins and Boston cannot seem to find an answer against the Isles.

With Boston having the past couple of days off, look for the Isles to try to attack from the opening puck drop. The first period can be the difference in tonight’s game.

Projected Lineups

. 9-6-3. . New York Islanders. 5. 106

Expect more of the same from the Islanders for tonight’s clash. The blue and orange are not projected to make any changes tonight.

Semyon Varlamov is projected to be named the starter tonight after winning his last start on Monday.

The Islanders are projected to lineup like this:

Lee-Barzal-Eberle
Beauvillier-Nelson-Bailey
Komarov-Pageau-Wahlstrom
Martin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck

Pelech-Pulock
Leddy-Mayfield
Dobson-Greene

Varlamov (Schneider)

11-3-2. . Boston Bruins. 1. 70.

The Bruins suffered one major injury blow on Sunday. Defenseman, Jeremy Lauzon suffered a broken hand and will be out for at least four weeks.

Lauzon is not the only mainstay that the Bruins will be without tonight. Ondrej Kase and Matt Grzelcyk have both been ruled out for tonight’s game and David Krejci is also expected to miss out on tonight’s clash too.

Tuukka Rask is expected to get the start tonight and, former Islander, Jarsalov Halak is set to back him up.

The Bruins are projected to lineup like this:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak
Ritchie-Coyle-Smith
Bjork-Studnicka-DeBrusk
Frederic-Kuraly-Wagner

Vaakaninen-McAvoy
Zbroil-Carlo
Moore-Clifton

Rask (Halak)

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Where to Catch the Game

TV: MSG+, NESN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, MSG GO APP

Radio: 88.7FM 103.9FM 1050AM

*All Stats Provided by the NHL*

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