Islanders vs. Bruins - NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (25-16-7) at New York Islanders (32-14-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: Bruins +130 / Islanders -144 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, MSG+
The Boston Bruins and New York Islanders play Thursday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Boston Bruins have won six of their last eight games and end a three-game road trip. The Bruins are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Boston Bruins have scored one power play goal in their last five games and have won six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 13 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 21 assists and Carl Soderberg has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Niklas Svedberg has allowed 23 goals on 296 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has given up 90 goals on 1,108 shots faced.
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The New York Islanders are holding onto their division lead with wins in six of their last seven. The Islanders are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored 15 goals in their last three games. The New York Islanders have four power play goals in their last four games and have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals overall. John Tavares leads New York with 22 goals, Kyle Okposo has 30 assists and Brock Nelson has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 83 goals on 955 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 39 goals on 299 shots.
The Bruins are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 25-9 in their last 34 vs. Metropolitan. The Islanders are 20-6 in their last 26 home games and 35-16 in their last 51 overall. The Bruins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
You have give me two of the more talented teams in the league with both playing solid hockey, and I'm taking my chances with the plus money. Besides, the Bruins have beaten the Islanders up as of late.