New York Islanders at Boston Bruins - 5/31/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Boston Bruins - 5/31/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins (38-16-8) vs New York Islanders (36-20-7)

Game Info: Monday, May 31, 2021 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -208 / New York Islanders +167 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

 The New York Islanders will remain on the road to face the Boston Bruins in game two of their 2nd round matchup. The Islanders won the regular season series 5-3; Boston took the first game of this series 5-2.

New York had a chance in the last game until allowing three goals in the third period. Ilya Sorokin stopped under 90% of the shots he faced for the first time this postseason. The Islanders were 0-2 in his two appearances against Boston during the regular season. Semyon Varlamov was their top option in net during the regular season and was 5-1 with a 1.93 GAA against Boston during the regular season. It will be interesting to see if they make the switch despite Semyon’s struggles in round one. Anthony Beauvillier leads the team with 4 goals and 8 points through 7 playoff games. Jean-Gabriel Pageau led the team with 5 goals and 8 points against Boston during the regular season.

Boston outshot the Islanders 40-22 in the last game and have now outshot their opponent in each of three home games this postseason. David Pastrnak leads the team with 5 goals and 9 points this postseason after a hat trick in game one. Tuukka Rask had another solid outing, allowing just 2 goals; he is 5-1 this postseason with a 1.84 GAA and .937 save percentage. 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.

Despite winning their last three games against the Penguins, the Islanders were outshot in each game. New York has been getting outshot by an average of 12 per game on the road this postseason. They also benefited from poor goaltending in their last series but will receive no such luck here considering how well Rask has played against the Islanders all season. Boston controlled the puck throughout the last game and will remain at home where they have a +2.33-scoring differential this postseason. Regardless of who is in net for New York, back Boston to cruise to another win. 

 

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Joe’s Pick Boston Bruins -1.5

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