The Islanders (33-17-1) will try to recapture first place in the Metropolitan Division and put some space between themselves and the Washington Capitals, who are a one point behind them in the standings. The team's three game skid allowed the Metro to tighten up.
To do all of that the Islanders will need to beat the Bruins (27-17-6). Boston had been on a four game point streak, before it was snapped on Wednesday against the New York Rangers. The Bruins have gone 9-5-2 against Metro opponents, while the Islanders have faired a record of 7-7-1 against Atlantic Division opponents.
The Islanders have had good fortunes in their last three trips to Beantown. All have been victories for the visitors, including a trip there earlier this season. The Isles have also captured 16 of their 33 wins on the road.
For the Isles to win tonight they will need to play their style of game that fans saw midway into Tuesday's win.
"We just have to play a good road game, make good puck decisions and be smart," John Tavares told reporters. "We can’t give them anything easy, we have to make them work for their ice and opportunities. If we’re playing with the puck, then we are going to make them defend and play in their own end, which takes a lot of energy and makes it a lot harder for them to generate anything."
Tonight will also mark Calvin de Haan's 100th career NHL game. He has recorded four goals and 24 assists for 28 points through his career to date.
Anders Lee-John Tavares-Josh Bailey
Mikhail Grabovski-Frans Nielsen-Ryan Strome
Michael Grabner -Brock Nelson-Nikolay Kulemin
Matt Martin-53 Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy-Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan-Travis Hamonic
Thomas Hickey-Brian Strait