Anthony Beauvillier will not be in the New York Islanders lineup tonight when they face the Boston Bruins on Long Island.
Islanders head coach Barry Trotz ruled out the forward, who will now have missed seven games this season with a lower-body injury. Trotz is not expecting to make any changes to the Islanders lineup tonight, though one could be on the horizon.
Beauvillier has not played since Jan. 24 in New Jersey, but he has been skating and rejoined the team in practice on Friday.
“All our decisions are based on the player,” Trotz said this morning about players coming back into the Islanders lineup. “The player has to say I’m ready to go. Once he’s ready to then I make a decision, is he ready to go into the lineup or does he get more touches. Beau is very close.”
Semyon Varlamov is expected to start today in net for the Islanders.
🎥 Barry Trotz Pregame Availability 🎥 pic.twitter.com/on5q2qOHYW
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 13, 2021
New York will host a very good Boston team, which has lost only one game since the Islanders defeated them 1-0 on Martin Luthr King Jr. Day. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the game’s only goal that day in the third period.
The Islanders are aware they will be in for another hard-fought game tonight.
“That’s something we can expect tonight,” Pageau said. “Two teams that take a lot of pride in their defensive game and it’s something we want to bring tonight. Bring a lot of urgency in our game. We don’t know how many goals are going to be scored, so every shift has to be played with urgency and when you have a chance to take it.”
Boston is playing its second game in as many nights tonight after facing the New York Rangers on Friday. They defeated the Blue shirts 1-0 in an old school, physical contest at Madison Square Garden.
“Very similar styles,” Andy Greene said when comparing the Islanders and Boston defense. “It’s pretty straight-lined, physical and it’s who is going to get to the net. At both ends of the ice, there’s a lot of chaos there. They obviously have very skilled lines too there, but play straight lines and it’s a man’s game tonight.”
Boston will start Tuukka Rask in net tonight and defenseman John Moore will make his season debut. Connor Clifton will not be in the lineup for Boston.
The rest of the Boston lineup will remain the same from last night in Manhattan.
#NHLBruins pregame updates per Bruce Cassidy:
John Moore will make his season debut tonight. Connor Clifton will come out of the lineup.
No changes up front.
Tuukka Rask gets the start in goal. pic.twitter.com/sGxfqpOA9N
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 13, 2021
New York Islanders Lineup (Projected)
Anders Lee — Mathew Barzal — Josh Bailey
Michael Dal Colle — Brock Nelson — Jordan Eberle
Leo Komarov — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Oliver Wahlstrom
Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech — Ryan Pulock
Nick Leddy — Scott Mayfield
Andy Greene — Noah Dobson
Boston Bruins Lineup (Projected)
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — David Pastrnak
Nick Ritchie — David Krejci — Craig Smith
Jake DeBrusk — Charlie Coyle — Anders Bjork
Trent Frederic — Sean Kuraly — Chris Wagner
Jeremy Lauzon — Charlie McAvoy
John Moore — Brandon Carlo
Jakub Zboril — Kevan Miller
The Islanders’ fourth line of Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin has recorded four goals in a span of less than five periods dating back to the third period of last Saturday’s win over Pittsburgh. … Mathew Barzal enters tonight’s game with a seven-game point streak (three goals, six assists), which matches a career-high for the forward. … The Islanders have recorded points in four straight home games and picked up points in five straight games entering tonight’s matchup with Boston. … Tonight closes the first of eight sets of back-to-back games Boston has this season. … Boston enters tonight’s game on a five-game winning streak and 10-game point streak. … Nick Ritchie 10 points (five goals, five assists) through 13 games for Boston this season.
How to Watch
Tonight’s game will air on MSG+ and stream on MSG Go or on NHL.TV outside of the New York market. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU and 103.9 FM LI News Radio