8 a.m.: If the playoffs started today, the Bruins would be hosting the New York Islanders in the first round. In that respect, Thursday night’s tilt between the two clubs might be a playoff preview.
The Islanders are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, as they come into Boston having won two straight and are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. The Isles currently control their fate in trying to chase down what would be their first playoff appearance since 2006-07.
The Bruins, meanwhile, are trying to right the ship at the moment. While the results have been there (six wins in their last 10 games), the B’s are still searching for more complete 60-minute efforts.
It doesn’t help that they continue to be nipped by the injury bug. The latest injury came Wednesday night when Anton Volchenkov caught Brad Marchand with a high elbow. It’s unclear what Marchand’s injury situation is at the moment, but it certainly didn’t look good. Patrice Bergeron remains out with a concussion. If Marchand is out for an extended period of time, you could argue that the B’s would be playing without their two best forwards for the time being.
The B’s and Isles are set to get underway at 7 p.m. The game will be shown on NESN Plus. Find your listings here.