The Boston Bruins (18-6-4) travel to face off against the New York Islanders (14-7-7) on Friday, December 15th. This game will be played at UBS Arena in Elmont. The Islanders are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Bruins are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Devils. Puck drop is set for 7:30 ET.
Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders
The Boston Bruins Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Bruins currently hold an overall record of 18-6-4. When playing on the road, Boston has a 8-4-3 record, while they are 10-2-1 at home. In the Eastern Atlantic division, they are currently 1st, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 1st. Boston’s average scoring margin this season is +.8 leading to an overall puck line record of 16-11. Their scoring margin at home is +1.2 and +.4 on the road.
The Bruins aim to bounce back following their 2-1 loss on the road to the Devils. On offense, the Bruins scored one time in the first period, but that was all the scoring they could come up with for the game. Against New Jersey, Boston’s offense scored their only goal at even strength. They recorded 24 shots on goal overall.
Although they didn’t win, Boston did cover the puck line as the underdogs in the game. With a combined total of 3 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.
The New York Islanders Are Coming Off A Win
The Islanders come in with an overall record of 14-7-7. On the road, New York has a 6-4-2 record, whereas they are 8-3-5 at home. They are currently positioned 2nd in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 5th in the Eastern conference. New York’s average scoring margin for the season is -0.1, resulting in an overall puck line record of 14-14. When playing at home their scoring margin is -0.1, whereas in away games, they are at -0.1.
The Islanders played host to the Ducks in their previous game and emerged with a 4-3 win. The first period saw the Islanders being held without a goal, but they turned things around offensively by scoring two times in the second period and two goals in the third. New York’s offense came up with one power-play goals and added one when shorthanded. They wrapped up the game with 34 shots on goal.
New York’s straight-up victory didn’t translate to covering the puck line in the game, despite being favored by -1.5. With a combined total of 7 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6 goals set for the game.
Boston Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Bruins are scoring an 3.2 goals per game this season, ranking 18th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 20th in the league. This season, the Bruins are 9-0 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 9-5 record.
The Bruins come in with an over/under record of 12-15-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 15 games failing to surpass the 5.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.7 per game.
New York Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Islanders have an average of 3.1 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 20th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 22nd in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Islanders offense is 18th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 6th in the NHL.
For the season, the over/under record of the Islanders’ stands at 16-11-1. They have had 17 games during the season that exceeded the 5.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.
Boston Team Defense
Defensively, the Bruins are currently 14th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.9 shots per game against Boston. They also are 7th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
New York Team Defense
Defensively, the Islanders come into the season ranked 3rd in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 35.4 shots per game against New York. For the season, they are ranked 3rd in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.
Bruins vs Islanders Trends
- In their last five games away from home, the Bruins have a straight up record of 2-3 while going 2-3 vs. the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.
- Across their ten previous home games, New York has an puck line mark of 8-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 5-5 while averaging 3 goals per game.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Islanders have gone 9-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 6-4.
- Boston has done well both straight up and vs the puck line when favored to win the game, going 4-1 SU and 4-1 puck line in their last five games.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Bruins to defeat the Islanders while playing on the road. Given the current moneyline odds at -133, I’m placing a wager on the Bruins to win outright.
For my recommended choice in the puck line, I’m leaning towards the Islanders to cover. Even if the Bruins secure a straight-up win, this game is expected to be tightly contested, and the Islanders should cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 5.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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