Boston Bruins at New York Islanders - 6/9/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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New York Islanders (39-20-8) vs Boston Bruins (39-18-9)
Game Info: Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
Betting Odds: New York Islanders +115 / Boston Bruins -135 --- Over/Under: 5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Boston Bruins will head on the road to face the New York Islanders for game 6 of their 2nd round series in the NHL playoffs. The Islanders have a 3-2 series lead after winning the last two games.
The Bruins tried but failed to erase a three-goal deficit early in the third period, ultimately falling 5-4 to New York last time out. They had more than double the shot attempts of the Islanders, but Tuuka Rask had a night to forget in net. He allowed 4 goals on 16 shots before being replaced at the start of the third period by Jeremy Swayman. Swayman allowed 1 goal on 3 shots in relief, so he was no better. David Pastrnak led the way for the offense, scoring 2 goals and an assist in the game. He also leads the team with 7 goals and 14 points in the playoffs. Boston is averaging 2.4 goals per game on the road this postseason, with a 14.3% conversion rate on the power play.
The Islanders led an efficient attack on Sunday, needing just 19 shots to score 5 goals. They also converted on 3 of 4 power play opportunities. Anthony Beauvillier had two assists in the game to lead the scoring for New York; he ranks 1st on the team with 11 points in the postseason. Semyon Varlamov had a decent night in net, giving up 4 goals on 44 shots. He is 3-1 with a 2.32 GAA and .935 save percentage against Boston in the series. New York is averaging 3.6 goals per game at home this postseason, while allowing 2.4 to their opponents.
Boston is 18-10-5 on the road this season, 26-40 ATS, and the under is 35-26.
New York is 24-5-4 at home this season, 38-29 ATS, and the under is 36-27.
New York has taken control of the series with two straight wins. They will be home for this one where they have played much better all season. New York won all 4 games against Boston at home during the regular season and cruised to an easy win in their last home game of this series. Varlamov has looked solid for the Islanders since returning to goal in game 2, and there are nothing but questions for Boston after Rask has allowed 4 goals in each of his last two starts. Back New York to win and advance.