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Need to know: Bruins at Islanders

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ELMONT, NY The Bruins will kick off a back-to-back game in New York Wednesday night by visiting Long Island to take on the Islanders at UBS Arena. Here’s everything you need to know before 7:30 p.m. EST on NESN, TNT, and 98.5 The Sports Hub:

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Jonah Kobanen He will skate in his second game of the season in which he will participate Thomas Nozick as the center of the fourth line. The 24-year-old Finn played less than nine minutes, while winning more than 70% of his tackles, in his NHL debut last week against the Kraken.

“It’s just another chance,” said coach Jim Montgomery. “We loved Kopanen’s first game. Another chance for him to get another NHL game. It’s focused on what’s ahead of us more than now. He was good for us, so we want to see him again.”

opposing opinion

The Islanders struggled a bit of late, losing six out of eight games to start January, including a 4-3 overtime loss to the Capitals in their final game on Monday. New York is currently tied with Pittsburgh for second in the East with 50 points apiece, although the Islanders (23-18-4) have two games in hand.

“Normally, you feel despondent after the All-Star break. Metropolitan is a really tight division, there are a lot of good teams out there, so I’m sure they’re already in that position,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery added that the Bruins must be prepared to inspect the Islanders heavy population and strong defensive structure.

“It’s a really well-coached team that’s really predictable. That predictability is very good,” said Montgomery. “We have to be really good at breaking pucks. They are a heavy team to watch for bets. They defend their nets really well, so good scoring chances against them are hard to crack.

“They have elite goalkeeping. So, you combine those things, which I think are their team’s strengths, and I think it makes for a tough night.”

Matthew Barzal leads the Islanders with 41 points (11 goals, 30 assists) in 44 games, while Brock Nelson and Anders Lee lead the club with 15 goals each. Goaltender Ilya Sorokin is 15-14-3 with a 2.30 goals against average and . 925 save percentage in 34 games.

VIDEO: Montgomery speaks with the media Monday at UBS

Wait, there’s more

  • Montgomery would not confirm a starting goalkeeper but said Linus Ullmark And Jeremy Swaiman That would split back to back. Swaiman was the only goaltender to participate in an optional morning ski game on Wednesday.
  • Charlie McAvoy, who grew up about 30 minutes away from the UBS Arena in Long Beach, always enjoyed the conveniences of playing close to home. The blue lining would bring the family to both back-to-back games on Long Island and in New York City. “Get everyone in the building, it’s always exciting to be here and see them [Friday]. McAvoy, who grew up a Rangers fan, said as he took the Long Island Railroad to Madison Square Garden wearing a slew of blue shirts, which included Brian Leach, Wayne Gretzky, Jaromir Jagger and Peter Brucha.
  • The Bruins are playing in their seventh consecutive series of the season, which will start seven of their eight games outside TD Garden before the All-Star break. “It’s a tough process,” McAvoy said of the schedule since the Winter Classic. “We went West right after that. It was a very long time. We managed to keep winning games which was great. We came home, took some time off, in different time zones. We got in a little bit of the meat of the schedule. Right now, We’ve got a big road trip after that too, all on the East Coast, which is nice, so at least we don’t have to worry about changing the time. But we play a lot of divisional games, a lot of big points at stake. For us, we’re always motivated to win here. , but you can kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel in the February break which always means a lot to rest players and recover.Hopefully we can play some good hockey until then.

Video: McAvoy speaks with the media at the UBS Arena

Wednesday’s expected lineup

attackers

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronCraig Smith

Pavel ZachaDavid Krejcito David Buster

Taylor HallCharlie CoyleTrent Frederick

Nick Foligno – Jonah Kopanen – Ag Jarir

Defense

Matt Grzelecik – Charlie McAvoy

Hambus LindholmBrandon Carlow

Derek ForportConnor Clifton

Objectives

Linus Ullmark / Jeremy Swaiman

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