New York visits Boston after Nelson’s 2-goal game

March 25, 2022 GMT

New York Islanders (28-25-9, sixth in the Metropolitan) vs. Boston Bruins (40-19-5, third in the Atlantic)

Boston; Saturday, 12:30 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: New York visits the Boston Bruins after Brock Nelson scored two goals in the Islanders’ 5-2 win against the Red Wings.

The Bruins are 21-11-2 in Eastern Conference games. Boston is first in the Eastern Conference with 5.2 assists per game, led by Hampus Lindholm averaging 1.0.

The Islanders are 15-13-4 in Eastern Conference play. New York is last in the NHL recording 29.3 shots per game.

In their last meeting on Feb. 17, New York won 4-1.

TOP PERFORMERS: Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with 35 assists and has 62 points this season. Craig Smith has eight goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Boston.

Adam Pelech leads the Islanders with a plus-23 in 58 games this season. Anthony Beauvillier has nine assists over the last 10 games for New York.

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LAST 10 GAMES: Bruins: 8-1-1, averaging 3.2 goals, six assists, 3.6 penalties and 7.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .913 save percentage.

Islanders: 7-2-1, averaging 3.7 goals, 6.5 assists, 3.1 penalties and 6.2 penalty minutes while allowing two goals per game with a .942 save percentage.

INJURIES: Bruins: Patrice Bergeron: day to day (arm).

Islanders: Scott Mayfield: out (lower-body), Cal Clutterbuck: out for season (shoulder).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.