Boston Bruins at New York Islanders - 3/9/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Boston Bruins at New York Islanders - 3/9/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (15-6-4) vs Boston Bruins (13-6-3)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)

Betting Odds: New York Islanders -101 / Boston Bruins -111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders meet in NHL action from Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday night.

The Boston Bruins will try to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to New Jersey in their last game. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 27 points coming on 12 goals and 15 assists while Patrice Bergeron has 9 goals and 13 apples for his 22-point total so far this year. David Pastrnak has his 20 points split between 10 goals and 10 assists, while Charlie McAvoy has 17 points with 14 helpers. Nick Ritchie’s got 15 points with 8 goals and 7 assists and David Krejci has 11 assists for Boston as well this season. Tuukka Rask has made the majority of the starts in goal for Boston, picking up 8 wins with a 2.46 GAA in 14 appearances while Jaroslav Halak has a 5-3 record with a shutout and a 2.24 GAA in 8 appearances.

The New York Islanders will be looking to build on their 5-2 win over Buffalo last time up. Mathew Barzal leads the Isles in scoring with 22 points coming on 9 goals and 13 assists while Anders Lee has 18 points with a team-high 12 goals. J-G Pageau, Nick Leddy and Jordan Eberle each have 16 points with Pageau and Eberle registering 9 goals and 7 assists apiece while Leddy has a team-high 15 helpers this season. Brock Nelson’s got 14 points coming on 9 goals and 5 assists and Josh Bailey has 13 points with 11 apples while Noah Dobson has 11 points and Casey Cizikas and Ryan Pulock both have 10 points on the year. Semyon Varlamov has made the bulk of the starts between the pipes for the Isles, posting 11 wins and 3 shutouts with a 2.10 GAA in 18 appearances this season.

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Boston is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record and 40-15 in their last 55 Tuesday games while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games overall. New York is 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 5-0 in their last 5 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win. The under is 9-3-2 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams.

This matchup features two of the best in the east and has potential to be a game of the night candidate. With that said, I’m expecting a hard-hitting war between two of the more disciplined defensive clubs in the league with two of the better starting goaltenders as well. I could easily see a 2-1 or even 1-0 game here, so give me the under in this one.

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