Bruins vs Islanders Prediction - NHL Picks 12/15/23

New York Islanders (14-7-7) vs Boston Bruins (18-5-4)

Game Info: Friday, December 15, 2023 at 7:30 pm (UBS Arena)

Betting Odds: New York Islanders +114 / Boston Bruins -137 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Bruins will play the New York Islanders on Friday night at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York. Boston has lost two of their last three games, while New York has won four games in a row. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Bruins vs Islanders prediction.

Bruins Preview

The Boston Bruins are 18-5-4 this year after they lost to New Jersey in overtime by a score of 2-1 in their last game. Boston led 1-0 in the third period, but the Devils tied the game and got the win in overtime. The Bruins were out shot by a total of 35-24 and went 0-1 on the power play in the game. Boston defeated Arizona by a score of 5-3 in the game prior to New Jersey, but they lost to Buffalo in the game before that. The Bruins are scoring 3.22 goals per game and they are allowing 2.48 goals against per game, while going 22.6% on the power play and 90.1% on the penalty kill. David Pastrnak has led Boston with 16 goals, 23 assists, and 136 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Boston is Linus Ullmark, who is 9-4-1 this year with a 2.71 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. 

Islanders Preview

The New York Islanders are 14-7-7 this season after they defeated the Ducks by a score of 4-3 in their last game. New York had a 2-0 lead in the second period, but they found themselves down 3-2 in the third, before rallying for the win. The Islanders out shot Anaheim by a total of 35-24 and went 1-4 on the power play in the game. New York has also defeated Toronto, Los Angeles, and Columbus during this four game winning streak. The Islanders are scoring 3.07 goals per game and they are allowing 3.14 goals against per game, while going 24.4% on the power play and 72.6% on the penalty kill. Mathew Barzal has led New York with 10 goals, 20 assists, and 88 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New York is Ilya Sorokin, who is 8-4-6 this season with a 3.11 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. 

New York Islanders Team Facts

  • The Islanders have won six of their last seven games as underdogs.
  • The Islanders have covered the puck line in each of their last eight games as home underdogs following a win.
  • The road team has won the third period in four of the last five games between the Bruins and Islanders.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in 10 of the Islanders' last 11 games as underdogs.

Boston Bruins Team Facts

  • The Bruins have won 19 of their last 22 night games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The Bruins have covered the puck line in six of their last seven games after coming off overtime.
  • The Bruins have won the first period in five of their last six games after coming off overtime.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Bruins' last six games as favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.

New York Islanders Player Prop Facts

  • Brock Nelson has scored at least one goal in five of the Islanders' last six games against Atlantic Division opponents at UBS Arena.
  • Mathew Barzal has recorded at least one point in each of his last 10 appearances with the Islanders as underdogs against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Noah Dobson has recorded at least one assist in seven of the Islanders' last eight games.
  • Bo Horvat ranks T1st in the Metropolitan Division for shootout goals (2) this season.

Boston Bruins Player Prop Facts

  • David Pastrnak has scored at least one goal in each of the Bruins' last six Friday night games.
  • Charlie McAvoy has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances with the Bruins as favorites against the Islanders.
  • Charlie McAvoy has recorded at least one assist in each of his last six appearances with his team as a favorite against the Islanders.
  • James van Riemsdyk has recorded two assists against the Islanders this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The New York Islanders ranks 31st in the league for shots against per game this season (35.6).
  • The New York Islanders ranks 2nd in the league for Period 1 goals allowed per game this season (0.57).
  • The Boston Bruins ranks T1st in the league for power play goals against this season (10).
  • The Boston Bruins ranks 1st in the league in save percentage this season (.923).

Bruins vs Islanders Betting Prediction

New York comes into this game looking for their fifth win in a row and they will be at home, where they are 8-3-5 this year. Boston has lost two of their last three games and has only scored one goal in each loss. The Bruins have been solid on the road this season, going 8-3-3 so far this year. The Islanders have done a good job of winning close games, with their last three games being decided by one goal, but that magic can’t last forever. Boston is the better team and their defensive play will be the difference here. Take the Bruins in this game. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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