Boston Bruins at New York Islanders - 6/3/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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New York Islanders (37-20-7) vs Boston Bruins (38-16-9)
Game Info: Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
Betting Odds: New York Islanders +114 / Boston Bruins -126 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Boston Bruins will head on the road to face the New York Islanders in game 3 of their 2nd round series in the East Conference NHL playoffs. The series is tied 1-1 after the first 2 in Boston.
The Islanders head into this game having won 4 of their last 5 games. They have averaged 3.6 goals per game over that stretch. Anthony Beauvillier leads the team with 4 goals and 9 points during the playoffs and has a goal and an assist to lead the team in this series. Semyon Varlamov was back in net for the Islanders, and he stopped 39 of 42 shots in 74 minutes of hockey. He was successful against the Bruins during the regular season and had a 1.93 GAA overall at home this year. Look for him to remain in net for the remainder of this series. The Islanders rank 4th of 16 with 4.33 goals per game at home this postseason.
The Bruins have also won 4 of their last 5 games after their loss in game 2 and have averaged 3.6 goals per game. Brad Marchand leads the team with 29 goals and 69 points this season. David Pastrnak leads the team with 5 goals and 10 points this postseason. Marchand and Pastrnak led the team with 7 points against the Islanders this year. Tuukka Rask has started all 7 games for the Bruins this postseason. He has allowed just 2.06 goals per game and stopped 93% of the shots he has faced. Rask is 2-2 with a 1.86 GAA against the Islanders. The Bruins ranked second in the NHL with an 86% penalty kill during the regular season but have allowed goals on 50% of the Islanders opportunities this series.
The Islanders will be back at home for this one, after stealing a win in Boston. New York has been a much better team at home this season, ranking third with a .821-win percentage on their own ice. The Bruins open as favorites on the road but have been beatable away from Boston. They are 2-1 as the visiting squad this postseason and lost all 4 games in New York during the regular season. Although the Islanders have not been playing their best defense during the postseason, I still like the value on the home dogs in this one. Back New York.