Pre-game notes: Islanders vs. Bruins 3/3/12

The Bruins seem to have finally found the offensive spark they have been looking for while the Islanders are no longer contenders for the post-season. Claude Julien shuffled around the lines in hopes to find something that would bring the team to life, and he did so against the Devils. On the other side, the Islanders are doing what they do best – slumping – and are on a five-game road losing streak with so few games left in the season. The Bruins need to build off of the win against the Devils and get the ball rolling. If they win today, they will have won two games consecutively for the first time since January. The Senators are right on their heels and the Bruins can not afford to slip out of first place in the Division without falling in the Conference standings.

Every game is about the playoffs now. The Bruins need to do what they did so well in November and December – win consecutive games and play hard. The Bruins are 9-3-1 against Atlantic Division teams this season. In their last three games, the Islanders are 0-2-1. This is their last road game before they return back home to take on the Devils.

Players to Watch: 

The entire French Fry Line: Lucic, Krejci, and Seguin. Julien finally found the catalyst to producing goals and I doubt he will change up this line any time soon. Krecji has scored four goals in two games and Seguin has snapped a ten game goalless streak.

Josh Bailey – He has three goals in the past two games for the Islanders.

Matt Moulson – Scored his career-high 54th point in Washington on Tuesday. Has 27 goals this season and will look to make it to another 30+ goal season.

Projected Lines: 

Lucic – Krecji – Seguin
Marchand – Bergeron – Rolston
Pouliot – Kelly – Caron
Paille – Campbell – Thornton

Chara – Boychuk
Corvo – Seidenberg
McQuaid – Zanon

Thomas – In his last nine starts is 6-3-0.
Rask  – In his last six starts is 0-4-2.

Scratches: Nathan Horton (concussion), Rich Peverley (Torn ACL), Mike Mottau (healthy scratch), Andrew Ference (lower body injury).

Final Thoughts:

The Bruins need to play the full sixty minutes and then some if they want to keep their momentum going. With the playoffs just around the corner, the Bruins need to step up and focus on playing good hockey. Every line needs to play their A game from now on. With every one getting a decent amount of ice team, they need to produce goals. Consistency is key for the Bruins.

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