New York Islanders (21-8-4) at Boston Bruins (16-8-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -130 / New York Islanders +118 --- Over/Under: 5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New York Islanders and Boston Bruins meet Thursday in NHL action at the TD Garden.
The New York Islanders look to stay hot after winning 11 of their last 13 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 12 goals, Nick Leddy has 20 assists and Mathew Barzal has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 48 goals on 627 shots faced and Ilya Sorokin has allowed 22 goals on 283 shots.
The Boston Bruins need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 14 goals, Brad Marchand has 22 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 89.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 35 goals on 371 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 27 goals on 343 shots.
The Islanders are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 16-5 in their last 21 overall. The Bruins are 9-3 in their last 12 Thursday games. The under is 36-16-3 in Islanders last 55 road games. The under is 9-1-1 in Bruins last 11 overall. The Islanders are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The underdog is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Boston Bruins will eventually get back on track and are going to be favored more times than not on their home ice. However, the New York Islanders are playing head and shoulders the better hockey and they've won all four meetings against the Bruins this season, outscoring them 14-5 during that span. The Islanders are a team I've blindly backed a ton dating back to last year and there's no way I can turn down the plus money in this spot. Give me the Islanders.