The Boston Bruins are set to battle the New York Islanders on Monday, but they likely will do so without Ondrej Kase.
The second-line wing did not practice Sunday. Nor did Craig Smith, who missed Boston’s season opener due to a lower-body injury. But while Kase likely will be inactive against the Isles, Smith is expected to suit up at Nassau Coliseum, per head coach Bruce Cassidy.
Here were the Bruins’ lines and defensive pairings at practice Sunday with Kase and Smith out of the mix.
Boston split its two-game series in New Jersey, with both contests going into sudden death. New York enters the Martin Luther King Jr. Day matchup at 1-1 on the young season after shutting out the Rangers 4-0 in its season opener before falling to its intrastate rival 5-0 on Saturday.