TD Bank Facebook Twitter Instagram Bruins Mobile App
Bish's Blog
 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Bear Essentials: Game Day vs. NY Islanders

Friday, 11.23.2007 / 9:58 AM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
X
Share with your Friends


Bear Essentials: Game Day vs. NY Islanders
High above rink side, I am still in a melancholy mood. People were streaming into the pressroom today, and getting the sad news about Tom Johnson as they looked for him in his familiar spot. Like I wrote yesterday, it's too bad that real life has to show its ugly head. Win one for TJ, today Boys! JB

John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.
Early morning update
Tim Thomas, he of the spectacular league leading save percentage (.941) and save percentage (2.05, good for 6th), will take on the New York Islanders in a matinee game rife with playoff standing implications. The Islanders, Bruins, Thrashers and Lightning are all tied with 22 points and know that even the slightest jostle will send them off the playoff pile.

One would guess that we will see another American in goal for the Isles. Rick DiPietro, of the Winthrop DiPietros, should be between the pipes for New York, however, with the Islanders dropping a 4-1 decision to Montreal on Wednesday, an appearance by Wade Dubielewicz is not out of the question.

Back-to-back games = Twice the fun?
Count Bruins head coach Claude Julien amongst the many who enjoy a good home at home series.

"It's not a bad thing," said Coach. "We saw it with Ottawa and it certainly builds, not a rivalry, but there is a little bit more tension…and it is a little more intense in that second game.

"There is always something that seems to carry over from the first (contest).

"And I don't mind those," he said.

There is one thing, in particular, that Coach Julien reminded everyone about.

"They are still in our conference," he said. "It doesn't matter if they are in our division or not…those games are just as important in my mind."

11:05 a.m.
Yesterday, after practice Coach Julien talked about segmenting a long 82-game schedule into more usable pieces, in terms of setting up goals.

"Throughout the whole season you have to find situations where you can try to give yourself a challenge," he said before noting that winning on the road is one of those areas.

"To me, a playoff team has to play .500 and up on the road and we have to get back into that pack and get those kind of numbers on the road.

"We have an opportunity to do that in the next nine games," he said.

11:17 a.m.
My guess on the lines...

Axelsson-Savard-Murray
Sturm-Kessel-Kobasew
Schaefer-Metropolit-Bochenski
Lucic-Nokelainen-Reich


11:36 a.m.
The D-men, according to warmups...

Chara-Ward
Alberts-Wideman
Stuart-Allen

Timmy in goal.

Short one today...over to the Running Recap. Go Bruins!

12:12 p.m.
Make the second and third lines:

Strum-Metro-Chuck
Schaef-Phil-Bo

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
2 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
5 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
6 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 52 19 26 8 45
L. Eriksson 52 16 24 11 40
D. Krejci 42 12 27 2 39
R. Spooner 52 11 27 -5 38
B. Marchand 47 24 12 12 36
Z. Chara 50 7 20 8 27
M. Beleskey 50 8 17 10 25
T. Krug 51 3 21 6 24
J. Hayes 50 11 12 -5 23
B. Connolly 49 7 9 -5 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 19 15 5 .918 2.47
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .915 2.38
Hallmark Health System
BRUINS FAN POLL
 
Friendly's - Official Family Restaurant and Ice Cream of the Boston Bruins
NHL Ticket Exchange
Dunkin' Donuts   AMI Graphics   Geico - Aim for savings

Click the instant ticket and enter to win Second Chance Drawings