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The Islanders are still looking for the elusive fifth win and will try to capture it in Boston against the Bruins.
It will be an emotional night for Johnny Boychuk as he makes his return to Bean Town. Boychuk played nearly his entire career in Boston before being traded to the Islanders in early October. Now he is an Islanders and a visitor in a rink he called home for so many years.
"It's gonna be a little bit different," Boychuk said following Wednesday's practice. "But it's going to be nice to go back and play against them. It will be a good game that's for sure."
The fact the game come so soon since the trade happened does bring back some of the initial emotion he had after he found out about the trade. Boychuk also still stays in touch with the guys in Boston he grew to know.
"They're still the same team over there," he explains. "It's all the guys you know and you've been playing with the last five years. And been hanging out with every day of your life. It will be nice to go and see them, but it'll be a good challenge for our team."
Chad Johnson, who will start in net for the Islanders on Thursday, will also be making a return to the city he called home for one season.
Thursday will also serve as the season debuts for both Lubomir Visnovsky, who has been sidelined by injury, and Anders Lee, who was recalled from AHL Bridgeport Wednesday afternoon.Visnovsky will take the spot of now injured defenseman Travis Hamonic and Lee was skating with Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson during the morning skate, according to Arthur Staple.
Nikolay Kulemin was placed back with Josh Bailey and Frans Nielsen.