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Ending Road Trip on Positive Note

The B’s jumped out to 2-0 first period leads against both Tampa Bay and Florida - something they hadn’t had the luxury of doing consistently in their start to the season that saw them become a third-period comeback team. The 4-1 win over the Panthers marked their first three-goal cushion (albeit, with an empty-netter) this year.

"It’s always nice to get a bit of a cushion and it’s even better to score first," said Coach Julien. "It’s a pretty impressive when you look around the league at teams that score first."

"We’ve been challenged a little bit in that area since the beginning of the year and lately we’ve been better. Good starts are crucial in this league. If you want to stick with your game plan, you play with the lead and if you don’t you then a lot of time you start pressing and that’s when things start to unravel."

"I think we’re a pretty focused group right now," Chris Kelly said following morning skate, on the team’s determination, coming off a solid two-win swing through Florida. “It’s a cliche, but one game at a time. We know we’re behind in games, we want to stay in the mix, but other teams have played a few more games than us. We want to make sure we keep playing well.”

"We want to come out and have a good start and build off that tonight."

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Opposing Locker Room: Isles Expecting Tough Test

BostonBruins.com – The New York Islanders are calling tonight’s matchup against the Bruins at Nassau Coliseum a test – a test to see how well they can perform against one of the East’s elite teams.

The Islanders are 13th in the Eastern Conference and come into the game having lost three of their last five, while the Bruins enter the contest fourth in the East, riding a three-game winning streak.

Islanders’ Head Coach, Jack Capuano, didn’t hide the fact that the Bruins pose some problems for his squad.

“Quite a bit,” Capuano said bluntly, when asked what concerns him about the Bruins. “You look at them, they’re a team – this is a good test for our team. [The Bruins] are as deep as you can be as an organization. They’re top six back there obviously is solid. Their top nine and their fourth line grinds it out as well.”

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Pregame @ NYI: Status Quo on Long Island

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UNIONDALE, NY - All was status quo this morning at the Nassau Coliseum, as the Bruins hit the ice for pregame skate, prior to facing the Islanders tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET (NESN, NBCSN).

There’s a consistency around this squad, on and off the ice, in practices, in games, where - now that we’re heading into Game No. 16 tonight - it is starting to feel like these B’s are really finding their groove.

Even amongst their consistent play, there is still room for improvement - and that’s something the B’s will constantly keep building towards, as they head into the much talked about stretch of 33 games in 61 days, beginning tonight.

Tuukka Rask is expected to start in goal, as he was first off for the B’s at morning skate, opposite Evgeni Nabokov, who had the last game off in the Islanders’ 4-2 loss to Carolina.

B’s same lines and D-pairings, according to rushes:
Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
Bourque-Kelly-Peverley
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Ference-McQuaid

Lane MacDermid took rushes on the fourth line, and Jay Pandolfo skated on the third line, while Aaron Johnson and both goaltenders were all on the ice as well.

-Caryn Switaj ^CS

Game Notes: NYI @ BOS

Check out the Game Notes for tonight’s January 25th match-up at TD Garden between the Bruins and New York Islanders.