13. Boston Bruins at New York Islanders – Pile on the Isle

I'm sure no one will care about this game because they'll be jerking off over the pictures of Mike Napoli and David Ortiz on a duck boat, but I wouldn't want to leave the non-baseball people in the cold without a preview. That's not my style baby. I'm a man of the people and the people want to read about Bruins games, dammit! 

So Boston is heading down to Long Island for the second to last time ever as the Islanders move into the Barclays Center next year. This also brings a potential end to one of Boston's biggest fan traditions: The Pile on the Isle. While I've never been to one, I've always been insanely jealous of those who are able to load up and drive down to Long Island and pack their 1950's shitty arena full of black and gold colors. 

It's like a god damn home game. 

It's glorious. 

So the Bruins get their first look at Thomas Vanek, who was traded during the week to the Islanders for two draft picks and John Tavares' binky. Vanek is a notable "Bruins killer" so it's good that they will only see him three times this year instead of the standard five to six meetings, but that doesn't mean they can relinquish in the fact he's not in Buffalo. 

Vanek easily was the sole winner of that trade. He's out of Buffalo, which is a huge plus for anyone not named Ryan Miller. Also Vanek gets to go from whatever scrub was centering him to John fucking Tavares. If I was Vanek, the moment I heard about that trade I would just start beating it. It doesn't matter where I was, I would just pull it out and beat it all over whatever shitty Buffalo product that was near me in excitement. 

It's a little weird to say this given the Islanders twenty-aught history, but they are ready to do some damage this year. While the stats may not be anything exciting, the Metro Division is bad – like really bad. The Islanders and Hurricanes would make the playoffs today with 11 points, while the Atlantic would have 5 teams in the big dance – 2 of them finishing in the coveted wild card spots. 

Either way, Boston better come with their big boy pants on. The Islanders can play. 

After the jump, the rest of the preview…


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Projected Lines

Loui Eriksson has been taking steps in returning, but obviously isn't ready. You'll more than likely see the same lineup Claude put out against the Ducks. Also, I'm not sure if Johnny Boychuk's injury is going to keep him out or not, but I'll go with it is, because I'm a jerk. 

Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg – Chris Kelly – Ryan Spooner
Shawn Thornton – Greg Campbell – Dan Paille

Zdeno Chara – Matt Bartkowski
Dennis Seidenberg – Dougie Hamilton
Adam McQuaid – Torey Krug

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask


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