New York Islanders at Boston Bruins - 6/7/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Boston Bruins - 6/7/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins (39-17-9) vs New York Islanders (38-20-8)

Game Info: Monday, June 7, 2021 at 6:30 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -172 / New York Islanders +155 --- 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 5 of their series in the East Conference NHL Playoffs. The series is tied 2-2 after the Islanders took the last game in New York.

The Islanders used a strong third period to claim the last game 4-1. Kyle Palmieri had his 5th goal of the playoffs to tie the game at 1 in the second period. Jean-Gabriel Pageau had his third goal of the playoffs and leads the team with 10 points thus far. New York ranks third with 3.2 goals per game in the postseason. Semyon Varlamov got the start in net and stopped 28 of 29 shots faced. He has a 1.81 GAA and .946 save percentage in this series. The Islanders have allowed the second most shots per game in the playoffs with 38.3.

Boston got on the board first with a power play goal in the second but were shutout for the rest of the game. David Pastrnak had an assist on their lone goal of the game; he leads the team with 5 goals and 11 points this postseason. Him and Brad Marchand have been their top offensive contributors with 5 points apiece in the series. Tuuka Rask has started all 9 playoff games for Boston, allowing 1.94 goals per game with a .935 save percentage. He has allowed 2.75 per game against the Islanders in the series. The Bruins have averaged an 11-shot advantage at home this postseason, while converting on a league best 50% of their power play opportunities.

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New York is 14-15-4 on the road this season, 37-29 ATS, and the under is 36-26.

Boston is 21-7-4 at home this season, 26-39 ATS, and the under is 35-25.

This has been a back and forth series, with the two alternating wins through the first four. Each game has been tightly contested, so the slight edge will go to Boston in game 5. They have been much better at home this season, especially in the playoffs. They are 3-1 with a 1.5-scoring differential on their own ice. Their lone loss was an overtime battle with the Islanders in game 2. Expect Boston to bounce back at home to regain control of the series.  

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Joe’s Pick Boston Bruins -172

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