The moment is here. The New York Islanders and Boston Bruins, survivors of the East Division “Group of Death” first round, face off for Game 1 tonight in Boston. They’re calling this just the “second round” but we can call it a division final, like the ol’ Campbell and Wales Conference days.
Game time is listed as 8 p.m. EDT, televised nationally in the U.S. on NBC, Sportsnet 360 and TVA in Canada.
Boston is easing pandemic venue restrictions just in time for the Bruins to expect a near-capacity, boisterous crowd to welcome them.
No lineup surprises. Here’s how to expect the Bruins to line up, backed by Tuukka Rask in goal:
For the Islanders, Oliver Wahlstrom remains out, so expect the same lineup that closed out the first round series with the Penguins, with first-round hero Ilya Sorokin again in net.