After a stunning Game 2, the New York Islanders took their first on the road in Round 2 against the Boston Bruins. After holding on to the lead 3-1, the Bruins were able to get a comeback from that deficit, only to head into overtime and lose at home. Imagine the frustration, but that’s hocket, folks!
Game 3 will be played in front of a New York crowd, which can get really loud. Let’s dive into this expert preview of Game 3 of the Bruins vs. Islanders series, along with the latest NHL odds, betting trends and predictions. Be sure to check out for more Stanley Cup Playoffs odds and lines at our online Bitcoin sportsbook before placing your bets!
Bruins vs. Islanders Game 3 Information
- When: Thursday, June 3rd, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
- TV: NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
- Radio: The Sports Hub 98.5 FM (Bruins) // WRHU 88.7 FM (Islanders)
- Live Stream: NHL Live
- NHL Betting Odds: Boston Bruins (-143) / OU: 5.0
Why Bet on the Boston Bruins?
Many thought Game 2 was in the bag for the Bruins, after the kicked off the goal score for the night. Instead, the Isles found a boost and scored three goals against them, with Boston being able to tie it in the third period, heading into overtime. Tiredness was a factor and perhaps the downfall for Tuukka Rask for allowing the final goal from New York.
The Bruins have a top of the line offense, creating many opportunities to score. But they are having a hard time converting their High Dancger Chances, which is below 14%, lower than the league average. Their expected goals per game sits a 2.44, with a 34.8% of power play percentage and a 77.8% of penalty kills. If they take advantage of the high danger chances, they could definitely scored like they did in Gsme 1.
Why Bet on the New York Islanders?
The Isles tied the series after a rough Game 1, where they only obtained a 19.9% expected goal rate. But things changed in Game 2, taking the lead in the third period. It was Casey Cizikas who took down Tukka Rask in overtime for the winning goal, giving the Islanders a morale boost heading into tonight’s home game. It was his first playoff goal since 2015. The fans will be there and it’s going to be wild.
Looking back into some history, the Islanders have already met the Bruins in the playoffs twice, winning both series, one in 1980 and the other in 1983. It took almost 40 years for them to meet again in the playoffs. They are no strangers to each other, but it’s been a long time since they last met. If the Islanders play like they did in Game 2, the series might keeping going their way.
Bruins vs. Islanders Betting Trends
- The Bruins are 5-1 SU in the last 6 games.
- The Bruins are 4-1 SU in the last 5 games against the Islanders.
- The totals went under in 6 of Boston’s last 8 games on the road.
- The Islanders are 4-1 SU in the last 5 games.
- The Islanders are 14-6 SU in the last 20 games at home.
- The totals went over in 4 of the Islanders’ last 6 games.
Bruins vs. Islanders Expert Betting Predictions
The numbers indicate the Bruins having a slight lead over the Islanders. Their offense is solid and won’t back down so easily, hence being able to get back on the scoreboard in Game 2, despite losing it. On the other hand, the Islanders will have the home crowd behind them and history has showed they’ve been successful against Boston in the past. If they keep that fight up, they could go down that same route as before. As they say, history repeats itself.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.