BOSTON — Islanders coach Jack Capuano had a bit of a chuckle Thursday morning when asked if the Bruins were vulnerable because of some injuries.
“I don’t know how banged up they are," Capuano said. “They’re pretty deep.’’
That depth is being tested for the Bruins, who dropped into the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference after Thursday’s 2-1 loss. They are a possible candidate for a first-round meeting with the Islanders.
Brad Marchand went out on Wednesday night in Newark after taking an elbow to the head from Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov. Marchand was diagnosed with a concussion and missed Thursday night's game; Volchenkov received a four-game suspension.
The Bruins already were without Patrice Bergeron, another talented forward who has hurt the Islanders in the past. And talented rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton was a healthy scratch for the first time this season.
Boston coach Claude Julien praised the Islanders Thursday morning, and not just the hollow kind to try to get his team prepared.
“They’re seeing some hope there for sure,’’ Julien said, “and rightfully so with the way they’re playing.’’