Boston Bruins at New York Islanders - 2/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Boston Bruins at New York Islanders - 2/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (17-20-6) vs Boston Bruins (27-16-4)

Game Info: Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 7:30 pm (UBS Arena)

Betting Odds: New York Islanders +130 / Boston Bruins +170 --- Over/Under: 4.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Bruins host the New York Islanders Islanders in Thursday NHL Action.

The New York Islanders Islanders come into this road contest with an overall record of 17-20-6. Through 43 games, the Islanders are 6th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 105 times, good for a rank of 32nd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York Islanders is the 3rd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.77 goals per game. So far, the Islanders have a strength of schedule rating of 26th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 23rd ranked team in the NHL.

The Boston Bruins get set to host the New York Islanders Islanders with an overall record of 27-16-4. This mark places them 4th in the Atlantic division. Through 47 games, the Bruins have scored 136 goals, giving them an average of 2.87. This output gives them a rank of 21st among NHL teams. On defense, Boston is the 8th ranked unit, giving up 2.77 goals per contest. So far, the Bruins have played the 22nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Boston's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 18th in the NHL.

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Through 43 games, the New York Islanders Islanders's leading goal scorer is Brock Nelson. With his 8 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 23. On the season, he is turning 20.3% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Islanders have benefited from the strong play of Mathew Barzal, who is the team's overall leader in points. In New York Islanders' 43 games, he has come up with 11 goals on a shooting percentage of 10.9%. However, when on the ice, the Islanders are -8 in scoring differential. The New York Islanders' top goalie is Ilya Sorokin, who is giving up an average of 2.51 goals per game. In his 30 games played, he has turned in 19 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 47 games, Boston's leading goal scorer is David Pastrnak. With his 24 goals and 21 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 45. On the season, he is turning 11.7% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Bruins have benefited from the strong play of Brad Marchand, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Boston's 47 games, he has come up with 21 goals on a shooting percentage of 17.6%. However, when on the ice, the Bruins are -1 in scoring differential. Boston's top goalie is Linus Ullmark, who is giving up an average of 2.78 goals per game. In his 25 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 45% percent of the time.

Coming into this game, the Islanders have an over-under record of 17-25-1. However, when playing on the road, the over has fared better, going 11-10-0. On the season, 40.0% of New York Islanders' games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 44.0% of the scoring coming from the Islanders. In Boston's 47 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 24-22-1. So far, taking the over when the Bruins are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 13-12-1.On the season 53.0% of Boston's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 52.0% of the scoring coming from the Bruins. Look for this game to finish above the over-under line of 4.5 goals.

 

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