10/23/14 Pregame: Islanders & Boychuk ship up to Boston

With the Islanders (4-2-0) coming off of a 2 game losing streak, they look to rebound in Boston against the Bruins(4-4-0).

A resolution for the new season has to be halting losing streaks before they begin to skid out of control.   They can set that precedent tonight. Tonight will be a tough test but if the Isles want to be considered a playoff team, these are the teams they will have to beat.

One of the top storylines is the return of Johnny Boychuk as a visiting player.  Boychuk was a key member of the Bruins but due to financial restraints was shipped to Long Island in a trade on Oct. 4th

The hard-nosed defenseman should hear nothing but cheers when he first takes the ice but it will be business as usual when the puck is dropped. This game is yet another tough test for an Isles team that is looking to prove themselves.

Coming off their uninspiring performance at home against Toronto, the New York Islanders look a bit different than Tuesday night.

They waived Colin McDonald and called up the scolding hot Anders Lee from Bridgeport. Anders Lee is projected to be playing LW on the 3rd line with Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome.

Chad Johnson will get the start in goal, who is also making his return to Boston as a visitor. Jaro Halak is getting the night off after being pulled at the start of the 3rd period. He gave up some softies and lost confidence as the Maple Leafs seemed to score at will on him.

Ironically, Chad Johnson will be pitted against Niklas Svedberg who was the goalie who made Johnson expendable for the talented Bruins. Svedberg was tapped to Rask’s back up even though Johnson had played exceptionally well last year.  Chad Johnson was 17-4-3 and rocked an amazing 2.10 GAA. He did such a solid job of spelling Rask when he needed rest.

Travis Hamonic will not play tonight due to his upper body injury. The Islanders activated Lubomir Visnovsky who will make his season debut on the blue line for the visiting team. He will pair with Thomas Hickey.

Matt Donovan and Matt Carkner continue to be healthy scratches for the Islanders.

Matt Fraser is a healthy scratch for the Boston Bruins.

Playing in front of the rabid fans in Boston is always tough. In recent years, the Islanders seem to thrive playing in hostile environments. They look to continue to be road warriors when the puck drops at 7:00 PM in Boston.

-Steve Giangaspro