New York Islanders work around injures to face Boston Bruins
Dec 20, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) looks to control the puck in front of New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) while left wing Josh Bailey (12) defends during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders will be without the services of Andrew Ladd and Cal Clutterbuck when they face off against the Bruins in Boston this afternoon.

  • New York Islanders (16-17-8) 
  • Boston Bruins (23-18-5)
  • TD Garden, Boston, MA
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The Boston Bruins have scored 19 goals over their past five games and are coming off of a 6-3 win over Philadelphia, while the New York Islanders are looking to rebound off an ugly 7-4 loss to Carolina.

Banged, Bruised and Benched

The Islanders have scratched alternate captains Cal Clutterbuck and Andrew Ladd this afternoon in Boston. After losing a spirited game to the Hurricanes, the Islanders will be looking to repeat their performance in Boston the last time they were here.

Stephen Gionta will make his debut with the Islanders today as well. After signing a PTO in the summer and having a broken foot for the first month of the season, Gionta has been recalled to the Islanders and will likely log minutes on the fourth line.

Shane Prince will be in as well for the Islanders, and Johnny Boychuk will slot in over Scott Mayfield on defense.

Thomas Griess will get his seventh start in goal against Boston after having an off night in Raleigh.

The newly appointed starter has not disappointed in his official debut as the team’s undisputed No. 1 goaltender, but many are wondering as to why JF Berube has not gotten the call.

It was believed that the three goalie debacle had occurred because of the potential management saw in Berube.

For him to not be playing is raising some eyebrows with fans who were looking forward to seeing the potential in their possible starter three or so years down the line.

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.