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Boston Bruins at New York Islanders [Game 40]

"Oh you mean Shenanigans?"

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
7:00 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
98.5 FM WBZ NESN Barclays Center MSG+ 88.7 FM WRHU
League Value Metric Value League
7th 64.9% Points Percentage 56.4% 16th
11th 17.07% Net Power Play Percentage 15.15% 18th
8th 85.71% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 77.31% 31st
10th 102.79% Combined Special Teams Percentage 92.46% 27th
10th 3.08 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.49 3rd
4th 2.54 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.56 31st
11th .30 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .33 8th
3rd 53.61% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 48.71% 20th
3rd 54.05% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 47.16% 26th
7th 101.02% P.D.O. (5V5) 100.93% 10th
13th 8.00% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 9.34% 2nd
4th 93.02% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.60% 28th
Data from and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
Stanley Cup of Chowder

The New York Islanders take to the ice for the first time in 2018 and look to leave their December woes behind them. The Islanders played some awful hockey in the month of December, none of it worse than their last game against the Colorado Avalanche, a lottery team that wound up getting the shot attempt advantage by 16 percent after score adjustments who ultimately downed the Islanders by a score of six to one. Their Opponents tonight - the Boston Bruins - are a much better team and they'll need to be much better if they hope to win.

The Islanders will see some new blood in the lineup for the second game in a row. Tanner Fritz will make his NHL debut as they try to sure up the third line. It is an interesting choice to say the least - the undrafted free agent performed well in Bridgeport, but not better than Joshua Ho-Sang who continues to produce at nearly a point-per-game pace despite getting put on the third line at times. With that being said, there's still an open roster spot since Anthony Beauvillier and Steve Bernier were sent down, so that may be a sign of things to come.

Sebastian Aho is back in the lineup, but the pairings have been shuffled a bit. He'll play on the left side of Thomas Hickey while Adam Pelech will be moved back to the right side. Pelech had been playing considerably better on the left hand side, so hopefully his performance doesn't take too much of a hit.

Jaroslav Halak will be back in net for tonight's contest after getting pulled at the end of the second period on New Years Eve. Tuukka Rask gets the nod for Boston. Halak has had the better five-on-five numbers this year, but Rask was incredibly good in the month of December - as a matter of fact he had the best five-on-five save percentage out of all starting goalies.

One thing to watch for will be how the Islanders treat Brad Marchand. Marchand took some liberties with John Tavares in their last contest and suffered no consequences as Tavares wasn't injured. Many feel that the Department of Player Safety dropped the ball on that one including an obviously-frustrated Doug Weight and there could be some shenanigans because of it.

Tonight's game will be found on MSG+. Puck drop is at its standard 7:05 P.M. E.S.T. time.

Boston Bruins Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk David Krejci Ryan Spooner
Danton Heinen Riley Nash David Backes
Tim Schaller Sean Kuraly Noel Acciari
Left Defence Right Defense
Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk Kevan Miller
Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

New York Islanders Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Anders Lee John Tavares Josh Bailey
Andrew Ladd Mathew Barzal Jordan Eberle
Shane Prince Brock Nelson Tanner Fritz
Jason Chimera Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Ryan Pulock
Sebastian Aho Scott Mayfield
Thomas Hickey Adam Pelech
Jaroslav Halak
Thomas Greiss