New York Islanders (33-17-1) at Boston Bruins (27-17-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 7, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -133 / New York Islanders +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The New York Islanders and Boston Bruins square off late Saturday night at the TD Garden.
The New York Islanders lead their division despite splitting their last eight games. The Islanders are averaging 3.1 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The New York Islanders have scored two power play goals in their last four games and have won seven of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. John Tavares leads New York with 23 goals, Kyle Okposo has 30 assists and Brock Nelson has 128 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in seven of their last eight games. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 92 goals on 1,034 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 43 goals on 318 shots.
The Boston Bruins are hanging around in the Atlantic by splitting their last six games. The Bruins are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Boston Bruins have scored one power play goal in their last four games and have won eight straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 15 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 21 assists and Loui Eriksson 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 straight games. Niklas Svedberg has allowed 23 goals on 296 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has given up 96 goals on 1,209 shots.
The Islanders are 25-9 in their last 34 games following a win and 27-13 in their last 40 overall. The Bruins are 47-20 in their last 67 home games and 21-7 in their last 28 Saturday games. The Islanders are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Boston and 8-18 in the last 26 meetings overall.
While the Islanders have played better hockey this season, the Bruins are still one of the tougher teams to beat home and has been nearly unbeatable on Saturday's for whatever reason. I'll take the home team here for the reasonable chalk.