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Preview; Bruins start four-game roadie against Isles

March 11, 2011

For the second time in three weeks the Bruins head to Long Island with a three-game losing in tow. In their previous meeting the Bruins skated their way to a 6-3 win over the Islanders, the first of seven straight wins with their brand new roster. The Bruins are entering a four-game road trip against four non-playoff teams that will lead them into the final 11 games of the season when it’s all said and done.

The Bruins have only managed to scrape two of a possible six points out of their last three games, all against teams who would currently make the playoffs, two of which could provide tough first round matchups for the Bruins. The B’s are coming off of a 4-3 overtime loss that they let slip away thanks to penalty problems throughout the game. Interestingly, the Bruins are 30-0-3 when they’ve led by 2+ goals, all three overtime losses have come against the Sabres. The Isles are still dwelling in the basement of the NHL and will almost certainly have a Top 5 pick but have played to a respectable 5-2-3 record over their last 10 games.

The Bruins didn’t have a morning skate which is pretty typical on the back half of consecutive games in consecutive nights. The Bruins have outscored the Isles 11-5 in their two wins over the Isles and could be just what the Bruins need to stop a losing streak. The Isles aren’t completely inept however, their consistent picking atop the draft has given them some talent, especially at forward. Matt Moulson and John Taveres are proven producers but Michael Grabner has snuck his way into some Calder consideration with 27 goals in his first full season in the NHL. Like the Sabres, the Isles rely on speed from their forwards and have a propensity to let a lot of odd-man rushes happen because they pinch up a lot. The Bruins have, and should be able to, take advantage of the Isles poor goaltending situation.

There aren’t any changes to the roster expected for tonight’s game but it’s not clear who will be in goal. The Bruins are 0-19 in their last 19 chances on the power-play.

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