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Islanders Game 12 Preview at Boston Bruins: Lines, Best Bets, How To Watch




Boston, MA–The New York Islanders are in Boston tonight to take on the Bruins at TD Garden. Here’s what you need to know ahead of time.

Engvall Scratched; Horvat TBD:

Pierre Engvall is expected to be scratched from the lineup tonight. Meanwhile, Bo Horvat is a game-time decision after missing the Islanders’ last game with a lower-body injury.

Islanders Engvall Scratched Against Bruins; Horvat A Game Time Decision

Marquee Matchup In Goal:

For just the second time in their careers, Ilya Sorokin and Linus Ullmark will be pitted against each other. The two netminders are widely regarded as two of the best in the NHL but are so under very different circumstances.

Ilya Sorokin & Linus Ullmark: Two Of The NHL’s Best Remain Worlds Apart

Projected Lineup










Last Time Out: 

The Islanders have last three of their last four games, the most recent of which came on Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild.

Tied at two in the third period, a questionable penalty called on Noah Dobson gave Minnesota the break it needed as Kiril Kaprizov fired off a one-timer from the right faceoff circle on the power play to put the Wild ahead by one.

Forty-two seconds later, the deficit doubled with a goal from Joel Eriksson Ek off of Engvall’s costly turnover.

Oliver Wahlstrom scored his first goal of the season in the loss, while Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves on 31 shots against.

The Opponent:

Despite several major departures during the offseason, the Boston Bruins are once again the class of the Eastern Conference so far this year.

The Bruins occupy first place in the Atlantic Division with 21 points and are coming off a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

David Pastrnak leads the Bruins in points in goals scored, while as a team, Boston is scoring 3.17 goals per game.

The Bruins own the NHL’s top shorthanded unit, having killed off 94% of the penalties they’ve taken this year. Their power play ranks 21st.

Boston enters tonight’s game depleted, especially on the backend.

Charlie McAvoy will miss tonight’s game as he serves the final game of a suspension he’s serving for delivering a hit to the head of Florida Panthers defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Oct. 30.

Follow Jimmy Murphy and Boston Hockey Now for more Bruins coverage.

Best Bets:

Ilya Sorokin O29.5 saves.

Sorokin has faced a fleury of shots in each of his last five starts while the Bruins have hovered around 30 shots on goal per game. You can place your bet using odds presented by Draft Kings.

How To Watch:

Puck drop between the Islanders and Bruins from TD Garden is scheduled for just past 7 p.m. EST. The game can be seen on MSG Network and streamed on MSG+ or ESPN+ for out-of-market viewers. 88.7 FM WRHU will broadcast the radio feed of the game, which can also be heard on 1050 AM ESPN and 103.9 FM WRCN.