Fan Preview: Will the Boston Bruins Clinch a Playoff Spot Against the Islanders?

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Fan Preview: Will the Boston Bruins Clinch a Playoff Spot Against the Islanders?
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With just five games remaining in the regular season, the Boston Bruins will likely make the playoffs given their lead in the division but their point total remains just shy after the OTL to the Washington Capitals on Thursday, March 29.

The New York Islanders are essentially done for the season, but that does not mean they will not be playing for what is most important--pride.

The matchup:

The Boston Bruins will take on the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum located in Uniondale, N.Y. on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 1 p.m. EDT.

The standings:

Boston comes into the game having lost their last game and with a 45-28-4 record. They are 22-15-1 on the road and have won five of their last 10 games.

New York enters the matchup having won their last three games and with a 33-33-11 record. They are 16-16-6 on their home ice and have won five of their last 10 games.

The season series:

The season series stands at 2-1 in favor of the Bruins.

Where to watch:

The game can be watched live nationwide with NHL Center Ice or--

In Boston: NESN, NHLN

In New York: MSG+, NHLN

The season statistic leaders:

Boston: Tuukka Rask- 2.05 GAA, Tyler Seguin- 26 goals, Patrice Bergeron- 38 assists, Tyler Seguin- 61 points.

New York: Evgeni Nabokov- 2.55 GAA, Matt Moulson- 34 goals, P.A. Parenteau- 49 assists, John Tavares-75 points.

Injuries to note:

Boston: Adam McQuid (head), Dennis Seidenberg (infection), Tuukka Rask (abdominal/groin), Nathan Horton (concussion), Marc Savard (concussion).

New York: Evgeni Nabokov (lower body), Rick DiPietro (groin).

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Sources:

All stats provided by NHL.com

Paul Rados is an avid Boston Bruins fan and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @PSRados or leave him a message on Facebook.

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