The Boston Bruins took out the the New York Islanders in Game 1, finishing it off 5-2. It’s a clear dominant start from the Bruins, but will that be enough to stop the Islanders? One game isn’t enough to define the rest of the series, though you start getting an idea of how these teams are playing and what they’re able to achieve with that strategy.
Let’s dive into this expert preview of Game 2 of the Islanders vs. Bruins 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!
Islanders vs. Bruins Game 2 Information
- When: Monday, May 31st, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
- TV: NBCSN, SN1, TVAS, TVAS2
- Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Islanders) // The Sports Hub 98.5 FM (Bruins)
- Live Stream: NHL Live
- NHL Betting Odds: Boston Bruins (-208) / OU: 5.0
Why Bet on the New York Islanders?
Game 1 demonstrated some issues for the Islanders. Mainly the goaltending spot. Ilya Sorokin allowed four goal in 39 shots and struggled with rebounds. Will he be replaced in Game 2? It’s hard to say right now, as Semyon Varlamov was their top goaltender this season, but recent injuries affected his gameplay, allowing Sorokin to get his spot. He did well in the previous round, but does need help on the defensive line if they want to keep their hopes up.
The Isles currently have a 3.29 goals scored per game during the postseason, place them in sixth in those rankings. Regarding goals against, they’re allowing 3.00. They also hold have 64.3% penalty kill average and 21.1% success rate in the power play. Round 1 was a good one for New York, but they need to make some changes to get themselves on the series board tonight.
Why Bet on the Boston Bruins?
The Bruins are currently on their fifth straight victory, extending these wins from Round 1, from their series against the Capitals. You could give thanks to their offensive line, constituted of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Just this regular season, they obtained a expected goal rate of 62% when playing together. In the previous round against Washington, they combined 13 points in over five games.
The expected goal rate on the 5 on 5 is what ended up killing the Isles in Game 1. They obtained a 3.27 expected goal percentage on the 5 on 5, compated to the Islanders 0.81. They also generated 12 high dangers chances. This offensive line, also known as the “Perfection Line”, will continue to bring havoc to the Isles.
Islanders vs. Bruins Betting Trends
- The Islanders are 1-4 SU in the last 5 games against Boston.
- The Islanders are 4-10 SU in the last 14 games on the road.
- The totals went under in 5 of NY Islanders’ last 7 games played on a Monday when on the road.
- The Bruins are 5-0 SU in the last 5 games.
- The Bruins are 11-1 SU in the last 12 games at home.
- The totals went under in 5 of Boston’s last 7 games.
Islanders vs. Bruins Expert Betting Predictions
Game 2 brings a lot of pressure for the Islanders. They need to bring a whole different team for this one, if they want to tie the series and head back home with some peace of mind. Then again, they are up ahead a Bruins team that is just splendid in the offensive line and might go for the same amount of goals or more, if New York isn’t able to stop them.
Don’t count of the Islanders just yet. They’ve had good opportunities to capitalize on teams and if they keep a good defensive line and goaltending, they will bring Boston the much needed headache they want them to have and start going out of control. Let’s see what Game 2 has in store tonight.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.