1) Quick start. The Bruins can end this game in the first period if they can get to the Islanders net minder early. By putting up a goal or two quick the Bruins can then do what they do best and play defensively. The Bruins can focus on shutting down John Tavares. Even though Tavares is the Islanders best scorer he probably wont be giving the Bruins the most trouble. Michael Grabner is perhaps the fastest man in the NHL and if he makes his way around our big defense man there isn't anything stopping him from scoring except Tuukka or perhaps Khudobin.
2) Don't be cocky. The Islanders are not a good team. Some of it is a remain of Mike Milbury's failure at GM (signing DiPietro, trading Loungo, trading Chara), some has to do with the coaching, and some of it has to do with the fact that the Islanders players just are not winning yet. As simple as the last one sounds; its true. The Islanders players are great but very few have been on winning teams. The stadium relocation in 2015 to Brooklyn could be all it takes to move the team over that hump. But as of now they are a bottom feeder in the Eastern Conference and I expect the Bruins to win tonight.
Before I sign off I wanted to talk about Aaron Johnson. This man has stepped in for Siedenberg in for two games and has done a great job. As a Bruins fan I love defense and I would hate to see all of Johnson's hard work neglected. He has played great defensively, you may remember his hip check on the 6'5 Dustin Byfuglien, and also hasn't been afraid to shoot the puck when necessary, ringing a post against the Jets. Johnson could be one of the best 7th man defense man the Bruins have had in a while and I like having him on board this years run at the Cup.
|(Johnson in his days with the Blue Jackets)|