Islanders website:Jason Lockhart and Adam Baruch have the preview of Thursday night's game against the Boston Bruins.
Boston Globe: Fluto Shinzawa reports Glenn Murray and P.J. Axelsson will not play against the Islanders, but Phil Kessel who suffered a stinger during the game against Montreal will. Alex Auld started and played only the first period in Boston's 8-2 loss to Montreal.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Boston is a lot like the Islanders in that they do not have several poor games in a row and no doubt they will come out fast against the Islanders and work hard after a bad loss against Montreal. My guess is Thomas starts. Of course Sturm, Kobasew will make things tough on the offensive end and Chara is on the defensive end.
From the Islanders side of things this is not like other years where they had the Bruins number and if they let up another forty plus shots it's likely not going to be good enough. Isles need a much better powerplay, less penalties and a strong five on five effort.
Good news is all three lines are giving them some scoring in the recent games.
This game is for seventh place, if the Isles win they open up an extra game's worth of ground and considering what's waiting after the all-star game and the home struggles they could use a sixth straight road win here.