Berkshire Bank Faceoff: Expected Lines, Pairings For Bruins-Islanders

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IslandersBOSTON — The New York Islanders are in town, and two former Bruins will play key roles in their chances of defeating the Original Six club Thursday night at TD Garden.

Veteran defenseman Johnny Boychuk will face the Bruins for the first time since he was traded to the Islanders on Oct. 4. He already has made a strong impact on the Isles’ blue line with two goals and four assists in the team’s first six games.

Boychuk will play in front of New York backup goaltender Chad Johnson, who played that same role for the Bruins last season. Johnson is 8-0-0 with a 1.40 goals against average and a .944 save percentage in nine career games at TD Garden.

In other Islanders roster news, veteran defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky was activated from injured reserve Thursday and could make his season debut against the B’s.

Don’t expect any lineup changes for the Bruins. The lines and pairings at Thursday’s morning skate were the same that they’ve been for the last two games. Matt Bartkowski remains on the blue line with defenseman Kevan Miller recovering from an upper body injury.

Goalie Niklas Svedberg will make his second start of the season for Boston. He shut out the Buffalo Sabres in his last appearance.

BOSTON BRUINS (4-4-0, 5th in Atlantic)
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Seth Griffith
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Simon Gagne
Extra: Matt Fraser

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid

Niklas Svedberg

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (4-2-0, 1st in Metropolitan)
Cory Conacher-John Tavares-Kyle Okposo
Brock Nelson-Anders Lee-Ryan Strome
Josh Bailey-Frans Nielsen-Nikolai Kulemin
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy-Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey-Lubomir Visnovsky
Calvin de Haan-Brian Strait

Chad Johnson

Photo via Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports Images

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