Few could have imagined last summer that a February meeting between the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins could serve as a potential playoff preview. But the two teams may be sizing each other up for postseason series on Tuesday night, when the Islanders visit the Bruins.
Both teams ended losing streaks in their most recent games. The Islanders snapped a two-game skid by coming back from a third-period deficit to beat the visiting Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Saturday night. The Bruins broke a three-game drought Sunday when David Krejci scored the only goal in the second period of a 1-0 win over the host Washington Capitals.
The results kept the Islanders and Bruins on pace to cross over from their respective divisions and meet each other in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. New York leads the Metropolitan Division but would be slotted into the second seed because it has fewer points than the Atlantic Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. Boston, which is in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, occupies the first wild card and would face the division winner with the worse record. >> Read More
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