STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (17-6-4, 1.95 GAA, .928 Save %) vs. Nabokov (19-11-4, 2.59 GAA, .908 Save %). Rask is 6-1-0 with a 2.25 GAA and .926 Save % in eight career games against the Islanders. Nabokov is 4-5-1 with a 2.60 GAA and .911 Save % in 10 career games against Boston.
MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT: Throughout the course of tonight’s game the Boston Bruins will honor local military members, veterans and their families as part of “Military Appreciation Night” presented by the Army National Guard of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. To show their support for the armed forces, Bruins players Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Tuukka Rask each purchased $5,000 worth of tickets to the game to give to local military members and their families. The military members and families who sit in these player-donated seats will have the opportunity to meet the players postgame. Prior to puck drop, TD Garden will unveil and dedicate a seat in section 303 to the over 92,000 American service men and women that are missing or unaccounted for since World War I and will leave this seat empty in honor of them. All in-game fundraising from the 50/50 raffle and silent auction of team signed warm-up worn jerseys will benefit the USO.
BRUINS ON NESNPLUS: The Bruins and Red Sox are in action simultaneously on Thursday night and NESN will be broadcasting both games. The Bruins will be aired on NESNplus when the Black & Gold take on the New York Islanders at TD Garden.
BRUINS VS ISLANDERS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Islanders will meet for the 150th time tonight with the B’s holding a 77-48-21-4 record with a 519-443 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 42-19-11-2 in 74 games at home against the Islanders with a 272-202 scoring edge. The Bruins are 16-3-1 against New York in their last 20 games overall with a 10-2-1 mark in their last 13 of this lifetime series on home ice. There has not been an overtime decision between these two teams since December 12, 2009 when the Islanders topped the B’s 3-2.
POINT-PER-GAME SUCCESS: The Bruins have seven different players who have sustained a point-per-game success rate versus the New York Islanders: Dougie Hamilton (0-2=2, two games), Nathan Horton (16-16=32, 29 games), Jaromir Jagr (60-85=145, 97 games), David Krejci (8-12=20, 19 games), Milan Lucic (7-11=18, 18 games), Brad Marchand (3-6=9, 11 games) and Tyler Seguin (4-6=10, in eight games).
STREAKING: Six Bruins come into tonight’s tilt riding a two-game point streak for a combined 22 points: Gregory Campbell (2-2=4), Andrew Ference (1-2=3), Jaromir Jagr (0-4=4), Brad Marchand (2-1=3), Rich Peverley (1-3=4), and Dennis Seidenberg (0-4=4).
147 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 147 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden following Monday’s game. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
ISLANDERS NOTEBOOK: The Islanders come into tonight having captured points in five-straight games (4-0-1) and are 7-1-1 in their last eight. New York has also only allowed two-or-fewer goals in eight of their last nine games, allowing just 14 goals during that span (1.56 per game)…John Tavares ranks second in the league in power play goals with nine with teammate Matt Moulson not far behind with seven power play goals…Andrew MacDonald leads the NHL with 106 blocked shots and is currently one assist shy of his 50th NHL assist…Matt Martin leads the league in hits with 199. Last season, Martin led the NHL with 374 hits, which marked his highest total since hits became an official stat in 2005-06.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 15-for-102 (14.7%, 24th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 121-for-133 (91.0%, 1st NHL)… Islanders power play: 28-for-133 (21.1%, T-8th NHL), Islanders penalty kill: 97-for-119 (81.5%, 18th NHL).
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