Boston Bruins (39-16-9) vs. New York Islanders (37-20-8)
June 5, 2021 7:15 pm EDT
The Line: New York Islanders +110 / Boston Bruins -135; Over/Under: -5.5
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The Boston Bruins and New York Islanders meet Saturday in game four of the NHL East Second Round Playoffs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Bruins look for another victory to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Islanders need a win here to even up the series at 2-2.
The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.25 goals per game and are scoring on 32 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with five goals, Charlie McAvoy has seven assists and Patric Bergeron has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.13 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 17 goals on 259 shots faced.
The New York Islanders are averaging 3.11 goals per game and are scoring on 24 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Beauvillier leads New York with four goals, Jean-Gabriel Pageau has seven assists and Mathew Barzal has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.89 goals per game and are killing 66.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Sorokin has given up 13 goals on 198 shots faced and Semyon Varlamov has allowed 12 goals on 155 shots.
The Bruins are 19-7 in their last 26 games as a favorite. The Bruins are 6-1 in their last 7 overall. The Islanders are 23-9 in their last 32 home games. The Islanders are 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The under is 6-2-1 in Bruins last 9 road games. The over is 4-1 in Islanders last 5 games as an underdog. The Bruins are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in New York and 36-17 in the last 53 meetings. The home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The Boston Bruins are the better team here and probably should be favored. However, the Islanders are pretty much in a must win spot at home. These also been quite competitive for the most part. In fact, five of the last eight meetings have seen overtime. The Islanders have the defense to grind out a win. I’ll take the plus money.