The Islanders continue their playoff push as they face the Bruins at Barclays Center tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
According to STATS:
- The Bruins lost to the Lightning, 6-3, on Thursday in Boston, their fourth consecutive loss following a string of four straight wins. They allowed a combined seven goals in those four wins, but have allowed 20 goals over their four losses.
- The Islanders have won both meetings between the teams this season -- 4-2 on December 20, and 4-0 on January 16, both in Boston. Prior to this year, the Bruins had won five straight against the Islanders, include a three-game season sweep last year.
- David Pastrnak scored against Tampa Bay on Thursday, giving him 32 goals and 32 assists this season, both well above his prior career highs. Pastrnak had never registered more than 27 points in his two prior seasons in the league.
- Prior to February 1, the Bruins averaged 2.51 goals per game, but since then, they've scored 3.67 goals per game. Their 1.16 jump is by far the biggest in the league. The Islanders have increased from 2.88 to 3.08, the eighth-biggest increase in that span