B's Host that "Other" New York Team
New York Islanders (2-1-0) at Boston Bruins (2-0-1)
Apologies all around as my lack of technical prowess prevented my Rangers Bruins recap from posting...the B's seemed to have similar technical issues and didn't even show up for the first period, despite full hustle and power in the second and third, so we'll both take a Mulligan this week. Most importantly the Bruins still remain without a regulation loss and like the last girl at the bar on a Saturday night...we'll take it.
This will be the first of three meetings of for Boston and the Islanders, it's easy to just dismiss (the "other") New York because after all...they are the Islanders...but not so fast. In four meetings in the 2011-2012 season Boston bested them three out of four and that one victory for the Islanders was here in Boston. However, that being said all three Bruins win had the boys tallying six goals. So far in the first week of this short season, both these teams have been rather slow in their respective first periods, I think its safe to say that if Boston played sixty full minutes of hockey Wednesday night they may have a 3-0-0 record. The Islanders have also needed extended warm-ups, but they going to be coming into Boston hot off a 7-4 spanking of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and despite that being the hockey equivalent of South Park's Timmy vs Jimmy, a little confidence can go a long way. The B's definitely shouldn't sleep on this opportunity for two points.
The Good News
Honestly...the only good news here is that its the New York Islanders at Boston. History will tell us that this should be an easy two points but remember my prediction for the Jets game...ouch! But this isn't Winnipeg and this isn't a day game, so let's stay positive and hope that Milan Lucic stays vicious and sharp and Tuukka shakes off Wednesday night. The Bruins first two lines are arguably two of the best in the entire NHL and as long as they stay healthy they'll stay on top.
The Bad News
The Islanders first two lines ran train on the Leafs Thursday night. John Tavares has been Johnny Appleseed with five assists in two games, Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner also got on the board, even the new kid, Brad Boyes got his first tally of the season. This little boost of confidence can really help a team, especially when they know they can win in Boston. Despite a slow start Evgeni Nabokov had 39 saves last night (for the sake of this argument we'll ignore the 4 he allowed).
And let us not forget the pink elephant in the room...the Bruins power play. The Islanders are 10/10 on their penalty kills and even have a short handed goal. This is a better time than ever to actually make the man advantage a REAL ADVANTAGE.
Seidenberg teased us by skating the other day, but he's still out, day to day, with a lower body injury. Aaron Johnson has not disappointed and seems very comfortable filling the big German's funky looking skates. The Islanders have two forwards, Josh Bailey (knee surgery) and Jesse Joensuu (groin) out.
I think the Black and Gold are going to remind the Islanders who they really are...Bruins by two.
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TD Bank Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
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