New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins - 1/11/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins - 1/11/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins (26-8-11) at New York Islanders (27-12-3)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: New York Islanders +118 / Boston Bruins -130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Bruins and New York Islanders meet Saturday in NHL action at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Boston Bruins look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 27.5 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 32 goals, Brad Marchand has 41 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 60 goals on 792 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 41 goals on 567 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 11 games.

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The New York Islanders look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Mathew Barzal leads New York with 16 goals, Brock Nelson has 16 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 78 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 57 goals on 746 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 46 goals on 569 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or less goals in six straight games.

The Bruins are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a road favorite, 43-18 in their last 61 games following a win and 40-19 in their last 59 Saturday games. The Islanders are 6-1 in their last 7 games as an underdog, 18-7 in their last 25 games following a win and 26-12 in their last 38 overall. The under is 4-1-1 in Bruins last 6 road games. The under is 6-2 in Islanders last 8 home games. The Bruins are 16-5 in the last 21 meetings in New York and 29-11 in the last 40 meetings. The road team is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings. The favorite is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.

The Boston Bruins have won seven of the last eight meetings against the Islanders, but they're simply not playing well enough to be laying these sort of prices against other good teams on the road. The Bruins have lost their touch defensively and have some bizarre losses these last couple of weeks. The New York Islanders aren't the same team in their own right, but they're still one of the more profitable teams in the sport and have shown they can play with anybody when feeling it. I'll gladly take the plus money based on the value. 

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Randy’s Pick New York Islanders +118

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