Bruins vs. Islanders - 3/12/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (37-20-8) at Boston Bruins (38-23-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins / New York Islanders --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, NESN
The New York Islanders and Boston Bruins square off Saturday afternoon at the TD Garden.
The New York Islanders look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last nine games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power plays. John Tavares leads New York with 25 goals, Brock Nelson has 12 assists and Frans Nielsen has 156 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.9 percent of their power play chances. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 80 goals on 984 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 62 goals on 877 shots. Halak has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Boston Bruins look for another win after winning 10 of their last 16 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power plays. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 34 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 33 assists and Loui Eriksson has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their power play chances. Tuukka Rask has allowed 131 goals on 1,602 shots faced and Jonas Gustavsson has given up 45 goals on 535 shots. Rask has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
The Islanders are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Bruins are 44-20 in their last 64 vs. Metropolitan and 38-14 in their last 52 Saturday games. The Islanders are 5-11 in the last 16 meetings in Boston and 8-21 in the last 29 meetings overall.
The Bruins have had little trouble beating up on the Islanders over the years, as eight of the last 29 games have gone to the team in Boston. Add the fact this game is in Boston, and I have to side with the Bruins.