Must know: Bruins at Islanders

As such, the Bruins have recalled: Jack Studnicka, Oskar Steen, Kyle Keyser, and Jesper Froden from Providence. Froden will make his NHL debut against the Islands, while Keyser could see his first action at the big club this weekend with a back-to-back scheduled for Montreal and Ottawa.

“Other guys need to get up,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said ahead of the B’s first-ever visit to the UBS Arena. “There is an opportunity for Jack Studnicka. We would like to see him take steps here. It is an opportunity now without a central defender who plays many minutes in the line-up. It is clear that [Charlie] Coyle did a good hockey for us, will get more minutes and see how it spreads with the other guys.

“Try to be the best version of yourself and see if you can help us move forward here. Other teams have been through it, we are no different. It can be a time where you look back at the year and say, ‘Hey, we pushed through in this situation and helped us on our way.’”

Froden impressed during training camp, most notably the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, and was part of P-Bruins’ top line with Steven Fogarty and Oskar Steen. The 27-year-old Swede has four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 21 games with Providence this season.

“Froden, Steen and Fogarty were arguably their most prolific line,” Cassidy said. “I know Jack was playing with [Chris] Wagner and [Jakub] Lauko and I know they’ve had their moments… Froden, kind of like we saw in training camp, he’s a skilled player, can play in traffic, make plays, complement good players. He played the bumper on the power play, which is important for us to lose Bergy and Smitty, to have someone there who has done it before.”

In addition to the prospects of the B that have a chance to move up, Cassidy also pointed out the young core of the team David pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, and Brandon Carlos as players who need to take their game on the ice to the next level, as well as take on more of the leadership burden in the locker room.

“We started the process this year with A going to younger players; Pastrnak, McAvoy and Carlo are all rotating,” said Cassidy. “We feel that those guys have a great opportunity to be the next veteran core. Right now I would call them the middle class core. They have learned from Bergy, Marchy, Zdeno Chara, from David Krejci, Torey Krug to a certain extent.

“We feel like they’re in good hands if they’ve taken anything from those guys. I’ve been saying it all along, I feel we have the best leadership in the National Hockey League; I’ve said that for years . several years. I think we’re in the right place there.”

Here’s everything else you need to know ahead of the 7:30 p.m. puck drop on NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub:

Finding perspective

Cassidy acknowledged that the Bruins’ current predicament is certainly frustrating given how much progress the world seemed to be making in recent months regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but he went on to note that the most important thing is the health of Boston’s players. stays. and staff.

“It’s frustrating. I just went through it,” said Cassidy, who missed six games while on COVID-19 protocol. “I think the most important part is going forward, if all these teams come out and the players and staff – because some of the staff is much older than players and the physical shape they’re in – when they come out it’s healthy, “Don’t have to go to the hospital, lie in an ICU, be on a ventilator, then we are clearly much further than a year ago because there was a lot of uncertainty. Vaccines have helped that, now boosters are in situ.”

Video: Cassidy provides updates on Bruins vs. Islanders

Bags Are Packed

Cassidy said he has been given no indication that the Bruins’ trip to Canada will be postponed this weekend. From now on, however, the Black & Gold will postpone their trip to Montreal and will remain on Long Island after Thursday’s game, before practicing there on Friday.

Boston will also undergo further COVID testing ahead of their flight to Canada on Friday afternoon.

“We’re packed, ready to go,” Cassidy said. “Everyone has brought their gear for the full three games… there hasn’t been a conversation that I know of… there’s always concern, are there more people infected in the locker room? We’ll test here before we leave for Canada.”

The Bruins also postponed their trip to Long Island to undergo further testing. Instead of flying Wednesday afternoon, Boston took off Thursday morning and didn’t hold a pregame skate. Cassidy also canceled Wednesday’s training session after he felt the players needed more rest after their loss to the Golden Knights on Tuesday.

“We came out of the Vegas game and we were flat, we didn’t have the energy we needed to get out of that road trip,” said Cassidy. “You can see now that guys were obviously affected for a variety of reasons, some right in front of us – COVID. It’s asking something of you. We had a minor flu attack before. [on Wednesday] we probably had to rest and then things started happening so we have to clean up.

“Today was a bit of uncertainty with travel, guys had to retest early this morning to make sure the POCs all came back negative so we could line up a hockey team to play. That took a bit of our planning out of it. to get on the ice.”

Despite not being on the ice in recent days, Cassidy believes his club will be ready to play against the Islanders.

“I think our boys will be fine tonight,” he said. “Obviously you want to make sure you come to the rink tonight, do a little bit more to prepare physically for the game. But a little time away from the rink after all that’s happened probably isn’t a bad thing. Guys can set a reset bit after that long journey and some inconvenience to your team.”

Opposite View

The Islanders faced their own COVID-19 outbreak earlier this season when eight players entered protocols that led to the postponement of two games in late November. Amid the COVID issues, the islanders dropped 11 directly from November 7 through December. 5.

The Isles, who make two consecutive trips to the Conference Final, went 2-2-0 since the losing streak and suffered a 2-1 loss against Detroit on Tuesday-evening in their most recent game on Tuesday-evening. They currently sit last in the Metro Division with a 7-12-5 record and 19 points.

New York is also facing more COVID problems after top scorer Mat Barzal (5 goals, 12 assists) entered protocols earlier this week.

Brock Nelson accelerates the Islanders with nine goals, while Oliver Wahlstrom and Anders Lee have pocketed eight. Former Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who was one of the players to introduce protocols during the club’s first breakout, has two assists in 21 appearances for the islands this season.

In goal, Ilya Sorokin has taken the most reps with a 7-7-4 record to go along with a 2.47 goals against average and a save rate of 0.926 in 18 games. Semyon Varlamov is 0-5-1 with a 3.29 GAA and .844 save percentage.

wait, there’s more

  • Cassidy said she spoke to both Bergeron and Marchand on Wednesday night and “they are both feeling fine, neither of them has been hit hard by COVID. But that could change.” He added that Smith is also “in that boat”.
  • Given the limitations with the grid, John Moore was assigned to Providence to meet the salary cap. Mike Reilly will re-enter the lineup and play together Connor Clifton.
  • Linus Ullmark starts against the Islanders. Cassidy added that despite a back-to-back on tap this weekend, he isn’t yet sure how the goalkeepers’ schedule will shake out. “We’ll see which game suits you best [Keyser],,he said. “But again, it will be a great opportunity for him to get into a game if that’s the case.”

Thursday’s expected line-up


Taylor HallCharlie Coyle – David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk – Jack Studnicka – Oskar Steen

Eric HaulaTomas NosekNick Foligno

Jesper Froden – Curtis Lazar – Karson Kuhlman


Derek Forbort – Charlie McAvoy

Matt Grzelcyk -Brandon Carlos

Mike Reilly – Connor Clifton


Linus Ullmark

Kyle Keyser