New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins - 2/29/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Boston Bruins (40-13-12) at New York Islanders (35-20-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders +127 / Boston Bruins -140 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV: NESN, MSG
The Boston Bruins and New York Islanders meet Saturday in NHL action at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Boston Bruins look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 25.1 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 45 goals, Brad Marchand has 54 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 186 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 80 goals on 1,083 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 69 goals on 838 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed two or less goals in 10 of their last 15 games.
The New York Islanders need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 23 goals, Mathew Barzal has 36 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 119 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 96 goals on 1,171 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 64 goals on 766 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The Bruins are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 6-2 in their last 8 road games and 12-3 in their last 15 overall. The Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 home games, 20-8 in their last 28 vs. Atlantic and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The over is 4-0 in Bruins last 4 overall. The over is 6-2 in Islanders last 8 home games. The Bruins are 17-4 in the last 21 meetings in New York and 30-11 in the last 41 meetings.
The Boston Bruins are playing by far the better hockey and should be favorites here, especially when you consider they've won eight of the last nine meetings against the Islanders. However, early starts usually favor the home team and it's not like the Islanders don't have value, as they're still a profitable club on the season and have value in spots like this as a home underdog. We don't back the Islanders the way we have in the past, but in spots like this, I'll give them a shot based on the home ice and the price.