While the New York Islanders are occupying a familiar spot near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, few figured the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins would be off to a similar start.
If their latest game is any indication, the Bruins might be ready to prove that slow beginning was merely a fluke.
Coming off their most dominant performance thus far, the Bruins seek their ninth win in their last 10 home matchups against the Islanders when the teams meet Monday night.
Boston (5-7-0) and New York (4-5-2) are tied with the fewest points in the conference, though each is coming off an impressive victory.
The Bruins routed Toronto 7-0 on Saturday for their second straight win following a three-game losing streak, as Tyler Seguin recorded his first career hat trick - each assisted by Patrice Bergeron - to give him team highs of seven goals and 14 points.
"It was nice to see us play a full 60 (minutes)," Seguin said. "Our line was clicking and I was just fortunate enough to...