Boston plays New York in conference matchup
Boston; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The New York Islanders visit the Boston Bruins in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins are 14-5-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. Boston is fifth in the league recording 9 points per game, averaging 3.4 goals and 5.7 assists.
The Islanders are 6-2-1 against opponents from the Metropolitan Division. New York ranks eighth in the NHL shooting 10.3% and averaging 2.9 goals on 28.2 shots per game.
The teams match up Thursday for the first time this season.
LAST 10 GAMES: Islanders: 6-4-0, averaging 2.7 goals, four assists, 3.9 penalties and 10.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .928 save percentage.
Bruins: 4-4-2, averaging 2.5 goals, 4.6 assists, 3.2 penalties and 7.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game with a .908 save percentage.
INJURIES: Bruins: Brett Ritchie: out (illness).
Islanders: None listed.