New York Islanders at Boston Bruins - 5/29/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Boston Bruins - 5/29/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins (37-16-8) vs New York Islanders (36-19-7)

Game Info: Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 8:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -155 / New York Islanders +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Islanders will head on the road to face the Boston Bruins in game one of their 2nd round matchup. The Islanders won the regular season series 5-3; Boston was 3-1 at home in those games.

New York won three straight games to advance past the Pittsburgh Penguins. They allowed just 2 goals per game over that stretch. Anthony Beauvillier and Jean-Gabriel Pageau lead the team with 7 points through 6 playoff games. Semyon Varlamov was their main goalie throughout the season and great against Boston, going 5-1 with a  1.93 goals against average. He struggled in the first round, going 0-2 and allowing 3.61 goals per game. His counterpart Ilya Sorokin was 4-0 in the first round with 1.95 goals against average, so it will be interesting to see if they continue riding the hot hand.

Boston won 4 straight after losing their game 1 contest against the Capitals. They averaged 3.2 goals per game while allowing 1.8. Brad Merchand led the team with 29 goals during the regular season and is tied with Patrice Bergeron for the team lead with 3 goals during the playoffs. Merchand also led the team with 7 points (4 G, 3 A) against the Islanders during the regular season. Tukka Rask started all 5 games for the Bruins during the first round and stopped 94% of the shots he faced.  During the regular season he was 2-2 against the Islanders with 1.86 goals allowed per game.

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New York is 11-13-4 on the road this season, 34-28 ATS, and the under is 35-24.

Boston is 18-7-3 at home this season, 36-25 ATS, and the under is 34-23.

This will be a battle of two of the leagues top defenses. Boston ranks 4th with 2.39 goals allowed per game while New York ranks 2nd with 2.23. The under was 5-3 in their regular season series, as well as the last three in Boston. Both teams averaged under 3 goals per game during the regular season. Expect a slow defensive battle, and with both teams getting great play from their goaltenders, goals will be hard to come by.

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