A couple of teams that’ve positioned themselves squarely in the playoff picture, the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders collide at the Barclays Center for an Eastern Conference showdown. The action gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 2, and it can be caught live on Sportsnet.
Boston Bruins at New York Islanders Odds
Boston enters the contest as the favorite with a moneyline of -120. The line for New York sits at +100, and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-120 under, +100 over).
Boston is 21-16 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 0.9 units this year. 20 of its games have gone under the total, while 17 have gone over and none have pushed. This 2017-18 Bruins team is 8-8 SU on the road.
Boston has converted on 21.1 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fourth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.1 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, Boston has been penalized 4.1 times per game overall this season, and 3.0 per game over its last five road outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 7.2 minutes per contest over their last five road games.
Sporting a .923 save percentage and 25.0 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (13-12-3) has been the best option in goal for Boston this season. If head coach Bruce Cassidy decides to rest him, however, Boston could turn to Anton Khudobin (8-6-3 record, .923 save percentage, 2.48 goals against average).
David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand will both lead the way for the visiting Bruins. Pastrnak has 34 points on 15 goals and 19 assists, and has recorded multiple points in nine different games. Marchand has 15 goals and 17 assists to his credit (and has notched at least one point in 20 games).
On the other side of the rink, New York is 20-19 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. 26 of its matches have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and just two have pushed. This year, the team is 12-6 SU as the home team.
New York has converted on 21.2 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s good enough for 10th-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 73.9 percent of all opponent power plays.
New York skaters have been penalized only 3.5 times per game in total this season, 3.8 per game over their past five outings total, and 3.0 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties just 6.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jaroslav Halak has stopped 27.8 shots per game as the top netminder in goal for New York. Halak has 11 wins, 13 losses, and two overtime losses and has maintained a mediocre 3.15 goals against average and a subpar .905 save percentage this season.
The home team will be led on offense by Josh Bailey (12 goals, 38 assists).
Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Islanders, O/U – Over
The over has hit in three of New York’s last five games.
The Bruins are 8-4 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Islanders are 7-5 SU when they serve more minutes than their opponent.
Two of Boston’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-2 overall in shootouts this season.
New York is ranked 26th overall this season with 6.1 takeaways per game. That figure has trended down recently, however, as the team has managed 4.5 takeaways over its last 10 games and 4.2 takeaways over its last five.
Boston is ranked sixth overall with 9.8 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower recently, however, as the team has created 9.1 takeaways over its last 10 games and 9.0 takeaways over its last five.