New York Islanders at Boston Bruins - 3/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Boston Bruins - 3/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins (40-19-5) vs New York Islanders (28-25-9)

Game Info: Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 12:30 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -164 / New York Islanders +133 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The New York Islanders Islanders come into this road contest with an overall record of 28-25-9. Through 62 games, the Islanders are 6th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 170 times, good for a rank of 26th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York Islanders is the 4th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.61 goals per game. So far, the Islanders have a strength of schedule rating of 31st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 20th ranked team in the NHL.

The Boston Bruins get set to host the New York Islanders Islanders with an overall record of 40-19-5. This mark places them 2nd in the Atlantic division. Through 64 games, the Bruins have scored 194 goals, giving them an average of 3.0. This output gives them a rank of 17th among NHL teams. On defense, Boston is the 5th ranked unit, giving up 2.64 goals per contest. So far, the Bruins have played the 3rd easiest 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 13th in the NHL.

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Through 53 games, the New York Islanders goal and overall scoring leader is Brock Nelson with 44 points. He has reached his mark of 29 goals, on a shooting percentage of 22.3%. So far, 28% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mathew Barzal, who has 30 assists to go along with his 12 goals. However, when on the ice, the Islanders are -3 in scoring differential. New York's top goalie is Ilya Sorokin, who is giving up an average of 2.29 goals per game. In his 42 games played, he has turned in 29 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 64 games, the Boston Bruins' goal and overall scoring leader is David Pastrnak, with 64 points. He has reached his mark of 36 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.7%. So far, 36.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Brad Marchand, who has 35 assists to go along with his 27 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +4. Boston's top goalie is Jeremy Swayman, who is giving up an average of 2.09 goals per game. In his 31 games played, he has turned in 20 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Islanders have an over-under record of 28-32-1. However, when playing on the road, the over has fared better, going 16-13. On the season, 47.0% of New York's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 49.0% of the scoring coming from the Islanders. Coming into this game, the Bruins have an over-under record of 29-31-4. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 14-15-2. On the season, 52.0% of Boston's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Bruins. With a line set at 5.5 goals, look for this game to surpass the posted betting line.

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