Julien expects a battle vs. Islanders

January, 25, 2013
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BOSTON -- The New York Islanders come to town with a 2-1-0 record after beating the Maple Leafs, 7-4, Thursday night in Toronto. The Bruins are 2-0-1 and Boston coach Claude Julien is expecting New York’s best effort Friday night at TD Garden.

“This is a young hockey team that has a lot of skill, obviously, up front,” Julien said after the Bruins' morning skate. Their back end also has some guys that can move the puck well -- not only that, but can shoot the puck very well, also.”

Since the Islanders’ Evgeni Nabokov has started all three games in net so far for New York, fellow goalie Rick DiPietro will get the nod tonight against the Bruins.

“They’ve had some pretty good goaltending since the beginning,” Julien said. “They’ve done a good job, they seem to have their guys playing fairly well. Watching the game last night, they’re certainly capable of scoring goals.”

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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