New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins Preview & Prediction (12/19/19)

The New York Islanders will be on the road Thursday taking the ice against the Bruins at TD Garden in Boston. The Islanders will be looking for their second win in three games following a 3-8 loss at home against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. Boston will also be looking to avoid two consecutive losses after losing 3-4 at home in overtime against the Los Angeles Kings their last time on the ice.

New York Islanders

The New York Islanders are now 22-8-2 on the season following a 3-8 loss at home against the Nashville Predators. The Islanders were able to outshoot Nashville 30-24 in the game while winning 34 of 65 faceoffs. New York was able to score a goal on one of their two power-play opportunities while defending the net three of the five times they were forced to skate shorthanded. They had 14 blocked shots and two takeaways in the game.

The Islanders have been good for an average of 2.92 goals per game this season while giving up 2.50 to their opponents. They have been able to fire 28.3 shots per game while allowing 31.6 on the defensive end of the ice. New York has scored 16 power-play goals for a 20.8 conversion rate to go with an 80.0 penalty kill percentage.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins will take the ice in this one sitting at 21-7-7 following a 3-4 loss at home in overtime against the Los Angeles Kings. Boston was able to outshoot the Kings 40-27 in the game while winning 43 of 69 faceoffs. The Bruins were able to score a goal on one of their three power-play opportunities while allowing a goal the only time they were forced to skate with a man in the box. They had 10 blocked shots and 10 takeaways in the game.

Boston has been able to find the back of the net for an average of 3.37 goals per game for the season while giving up 2.46 to their opponents. They have been able to fire an average of 31.9 shots per game while allowing 30.9 on the defensive end of the ice. They have 28 power-play goals this season for a 26.4 conversion rate to go with an 82.5 penalty kill percentage.

Betting Prediction

The Bruins will take the ice as -172 favorites with the Islanders skating in as 149 underdogs. The total is sitting at five and a half on the game. Both of these teams are very aggressive on the defensive end of the ice. The Islanders have been holding opponents to just two and a half goals per game while the Bruins are only giving up an average of 2.46. I think this game stays close, maybe even overtime close, and I like the Bruins getting the win simply because they will be on their own rink, but my money’s on the total staying under five and a half.

The under is 9-2-1 in Islanders previous 12 games.

The under is 4-1 in Islanders last five games following a loss of at least three goals in previous game.

The Under is 6-2-1 in Islanders previous nine games vs. Atlantic division.

The under is 6-1-1 in Boston’s previous eight games vs. Eastern Conference. 

The under is 5-1 in Boston’s previous six games vs. Metropolitan division.

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