Islanders website: Jason Lockhart has the early preview of Friday's noon game against the Boston Bruins.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Even without Patrice Bergeron this is a much faster and skilled Boston team with Tim Thomas who had been one of best goaltenders in the league to this point in a very fast, skilled division full of teams that can score.
Marco Sturm, Savard and Chuck Kobasew had a great comeback and took over a game they were trailing to the Leafs on the road that was very impressive.
Same old story for the Islanders. They have to start producing some goals or play for a low scoring defensive game. Islanders met Boston twice in preseason, the notable game was the second in Boston which was the final pre season game that the Islanders won.
Bill Guerin and Mike Sillinger need a big game here badly. No word on whether Bates, who's conditioning assignment with Bridgeport is over will return to the lineup. He was a plus one with four shots in a 2-1 loss Wednesday.
Islanders have not scored more then two goals in any of the last six games.