After beating their rival Canadiens in a tough game on Tuesday, a somewhat fatigued Boston Bruins team headed to New York – their first road game in nearly two weeks. The Islanders out-skated, out-shot, and generally outplayed the Bruins; but Tim Thomas’ dominant goaltending gave the Bruins the win. Thomas stopped an incredible 40 of 41 shots (Islanders netminder Yann Danis stopped 25 of 27) and continued to show why he was selected to the NHL All-Star game. On Saturday the Bruins will face the Capitals in Washington at 7:00pm.
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Recap: The New York Islanders are really lucky that they were able to acquire center Mike Comrie as a free agent during the last off-season because he was the team’s leader in points (36) for the first half of the NHL season. Offensively, the team struggled from the start. With the leagues second lowest total in goals scored (117), and no superstars in their lineup, the Islanders look for a new leader to step up every game on the ice. Eight-teen members on their roster have scored goals this season, so you never know who could be the hero. Goaltender Rick DiPietro has put up solid numbers in net, especially his .913 save percentage but just doesn’t have the offensive core around him to always make them hold up.
2nd Half – There will not be any surprises when the Islanders are in town because they will skate hard for three periods and battle you until the final horn. They will continue to have a hard time scoring goals but do look for veteran right winger, Bill Guerin, to finish right around 35 goals. The defense will stay solid and the Isle will sneak into the last playoff spot in the East.
Final Standing Predictions: 4th in Atlantic Conference, 8th in Eastern Division
Team Name: New York Islanders (23-19-6)
Atlantic Division Standing: 4th place
Conference Standing: T-7th
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