Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Pre Game: Isles @ Bruins

 photo by Boston

Tonight, our Islanders look to end 2013 on a high note as they travel to Boston to take on Zdeno Chara and the Bruins.

The goalie match up tonight features Evgeni Nabokov for the Islanders and Tukka Rask for the Bruins.

The Bruins will welcome Zdeno Chara back to their lineup tonight.  He had been suffering from a back injury.  Bruins enforcer Shawn Thorton will not be in their lineup tonight though as he is serving a 15 game suspension as consequences for his actions against Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik that left him concussed.  They will also be without Loui Erickson who was injured in the same December 7th game as Orpik was.

For the Islanders, forward Josh Bailey will remain out of the lineup with an upper body injury tonight.  Joining him as the scratches are Eric Boulton and Aaron Ness.  Based off that, I would take it to mean that Michael Grabner is feeling better and will be in the lineup tonight after being scratched Sunday because he was sick.

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