Man, the Bruins really gave it to state of Florida didn't they? Just absolutely took that state and humped it into submission, like watching a drunk dog trying to hump a Japanese sex doll. Just really dug in there and just buried their puck into Florida's netting. Forget for a minute that the Bruins basically played on a melting glacier and think about seeing 12 of these games a year. This new alignment has guaranteed the Bruins at least 8-10 wins a year, which I guess is a good thing.
So now Boston gets to finish the last leg of their tour known as the "Lesser Teams Tour" and play the Islanders on Long Island. Johnny Boychuk was on the radio today and said he loves playing in Long Island because it's basically a Bruins home game and he's right. No one in Long island gives a shit about their hockey team, but can you blame them?
You have to feel bad for a guy like John Tavares who is insanely talented but is surround by paraplegic donkeys who can't play hockey. The guy is tied for first in the NHL in goals with 13 and is third in points with 25. After that, you have to dig deep and find Brad Boyes is their second points leader with 15. Brad fucking Boyes.
Even when the Islanders move to the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn next year it doesn't change the fact that their roster is comprised of John Tavares and that huge pile of shit that Biff drove into in Back To The Future. Ask the hosers in Winnipeg how awesome it is to have the Atlanta Thrashers losing games. The only difference is that someone is showing up to watch them blow leads, hands out ridiculous contracts and have Stay Puft trolling the blue line and missing every other game BECAUSE HE'S ON MY FUCKING FANTASY HOCKEY TEAM. He is fucking hurt so much, I thought the DTD was 'Diet To Diet" and they were trying to have him losing a little of that baby weight.
I wish I could tell you I was worried about this game like I was with the Lightning, but I'm not. We're talking about a 12th place hockey team who gives up 8 more goals than they've scored this season. A team that ranks 29th in goals against per game, right above Florida. Their goaltending is a Louisiana levee and the Bruins are just going to bury it in a hurricane of pucks.
The only thing the Islanders have going for them is they can score. Their offense is ranked 8th in the NHL scoring 2.90 goals per game (and Boston is 9th) and their power play is ranked 5th at 24.4% success, but Boston's counterparts outrank the Islanders. Boston is 6th in goals against per game and their penalty kill is 1st in the NHL.
The Bruins could just leave the net open tonight and I am still confident they would win. Maybe that's the disgusting homer fan in me that I keep medicated enough so I can be impartial when I talk about hockey (LOL OKAY) but this team has been playing some good hockey as of late against mediocre to bad teams. They have played about 5 games less than everyone else and are 5th in the East. That says something about the talent they put on the ice.
After the jump the rest of the preview...
It's that time again, another awesome Days of Y'Orr pregame show. Today the show will start at 6:30 and we are giving away a Puckooler. For those that don't know, a puckooler is four hollowed out hockey pucks that is used as a coozie. I have one and I think it's one of the greatest things I ever bought. The people of Puckooler were gracious enough to give us two of them to give away, so tonight we will be doing that with one of them. Here are some pictures of it:
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Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Tyler Seguin - Patrice Bergeron - Brad Marchand
Chris Bourque - Chris Kelly - Rich Peverley
Shawn Thornton - Greg Campbell - Dan Paille
Zdangles Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid
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