Islanders insight’s Top Shelf: 3/11/16

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins makes a save on Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders during the game at the Barclays Center on November 8, 2015 in Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Bruins defeated the Islanders 2-1. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

All is relatively quiet on the Islanders’ front, with little news coming since the team’s shootout loss in Toronto on Wednesday. All seems normal heading into tomorrow’s matinee against the Boston Bruins, which should be yet another tight game that could have an impact on the Eastern Conference standings.

There is a little bit of news worth mentioning: Calvin de Haan, who missed last game with a lower-body injury, is not likely to play tomorrow as well, as he is missing today’s team practice (courtesy of Arthur Staple of Newsday). He is slotted as day-to-day with his current injury, but it looks as if he might be out a little longer than a few days. His absence is far from permanent, but the defenseman could be out a little longer than initially indicated.

De Haan’s injury aside, tomorrow’s game could be huge for the Islanders. A win, coupled with a Rangers loss, would put the Isles in 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division. The mocking for home ice advantage will be eventful in the next month, but if the Islanders manage to secure themselves the second place seeding now, the quest to preserve it is much easier than climbing the standings in order to get to where they want to be. It is going to be a tight race, but a win tomorrow puts the blue and orange in a great position, and only sets the stage for the madness that is sure to ensue.

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