Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders Predictions, NHL Pick, Odds, Tips 2/29/2020
Game: Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Location: Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-140) Islanders (+127)
Nassau Coliseum is the venue where Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (35-20-8, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) will take on the Boston Bruins (40-13-12, 1st in the Atlantic Division) on Saturday. The Islanders open this matchup at +127 while the Bruins are coming in at -140. The total opens at 5.5. The Bruins cover 61.5% of the time, having gone 40-25 SU. New York covers 53.3% of the time, going 32-28 straight up.
The Boston Bruins head into this game holding a record of 40 wins and 13 defeats, ranking them 1st in the Atlantic Division. So far this season, they have earned a total of 214 goals which is 5th in the conference and 5th in the league. Their goal differential is +54, ranking them 1st in the league. The Bruins currently have a total of 92 pts, which is 1st in the league and 1st in the Eastern Conference. Regarding shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 2,087 which is 4th in the conference and 7th in the league. As a unit, Boston currently has a total of 1,458 hits which has them averaging 22.4 per game. They currently have a total of 680 blocks for the season. The man in net for Boston is Tuukka Rask from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and has played 2,163 minutes minding the net for the season. Rask is giving up an average of 2.22 GAA which ranks him 1st among East goalies and 3rd in the NHL among goaltenders. During this year, he has allowed 80 goals. He's earned a save % of .926 which ranks him 4th among East goalies.
The Boston Bruins went home feeling good about their game by earning a 4 - 3 victory against the Dallas Stars in their last contest. The Bruins had a impressive offensive performance in this victory. In this game, they finished 4 of the 28 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 2 power play opportunities and were able to net 1 goal out of those attempts. Boston ended up with a total of 9 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Bruins was 39 and the Corsi against was 53 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 42.4%. Their Fenwick was 33 while the Fenwick against was 40, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 45.2%. They took 23 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 23 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 41.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 108.0 for this one. Concerning opponent stats, the Dallas Stars tallied 34 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 9 penalty minutes and they had 2 power play attempts.
The Islanders will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they have 35 victories and 20 losses. When it comes to goal differential, they rank 9th in the Eastern Conference and 14th in the league with +9. They currently have a total of 178 goals for the year which ranks 12th in the East. New York has a team save % of .914 which currently has them ranked 5th in the league, meaning they are a tough group to score against. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.6% which puts them at 11th in the conference. In goal for New York is Semyon Varlamov who is having an ok season by surrendering 2.51 goals per game and that has him 10th in the East and 15th in the NHL. In the 2,296 minutes he's been on the ice this year, he has surrendered 96 goals. He has a save percentage of .918, which has him ranking 6th in the East and 13th in the NHL.
The New York Islanders faced the St. Louis Blues in a matchup where the Islanders took a loss by a final score of 3 - 2. In their game, New York went home with a 31.7% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 26 and the other team having a Corsi of 56. Their Fenwick rate came in at 36.2% by way of having a Fenwick of 21 and the Blues finishing with a 37 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that New York played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. They had a PDO of 97.5 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 39.1%. The Islanders netted 2 goals out of the 17 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play chances in this outing and converted 1 out of those opportunities. Concerning the opposition, the Blues had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to take advantage of it. New York conceded 32 shots on goal and the Blues racked up a total of 4 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Boston (-140)
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