Bruins vs Islanders Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/11/2020
Game: Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-130) Islanders (+118)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (26-8-11, 1st in the Atlantic Division) travel to Barclays Center on Saturday where they'll take on the New York Islanders (27-12-3, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division). The odds on this game have the Bruins coming in at -130 and the Islanders are at +118. The O/U opens at 5.5. The Bruins cover 57.8% of the time, having gone 26-19 SU. New York covers 61.5% of the time, going 24-15 straight up.
The Boston Bruins head into this game holding a record of 26 wins and 8 losses, putting them at 1st in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have scored a total of 151 goals which has them ranked at 5th in the East and 6th in the league. Their goal differential is +40, putting them at 1st in the league. The Bruins currently have a total of 63 points, which has them ranked at 2nd in the league and 2nd in the East. Regarding shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,407 which has them ranked at 8th in the Eastern Conference and 14th in the league. As a group, Boston has a total of 997 hits which has them averaging 22.2 per contest. They currently have a total of 470 blocks for the season. The man protecting the net for Boston is Tuukka Rask from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and has totaled 1,575 minutes in net for the campaign. Rask is surrendering 2.29 GAA which has him placed 4th among Eastern Conference goalies and 7th among goalies in the NHL. During this year, he's given up 60 goals. He has a save % of .924 which has him placed 4th among Eastern Conference goalies.
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The Boston Bruins came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 5 - 4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in their last contest. The Bruins had a good offensive performance in this win. For this game, they converted 5 of the 36 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 4 power play chances and were able to net 1 goal out of those chances. Boston racked up a total of 4 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Bruins sat at 41 and the Corsi against was 29 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 58.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 35 while the Fenwick against was 24, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 59.3%. They won 28 face-off wins and were beaten on 21 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 50.0% and they had a PDO of 103.3 in this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Winnipeg Jets tallied 21 shots. They had 8 penalty minutes and they notched 2 power play attempts.
The Islanders will be looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 27 wins and 12 losses. When looking at goal differential, they are currently ranked 8th in the Eastern Conference and 12th in the league with +10. They currently have a total of 117 goals for this year which has them at 14th in the East. New York has a save % as a team of .919 which has them sitting 4th in the league, meaning they are difficult to score against. They are shooting 9.6% putting them at 11th in the East. In net for New York is Semyon Varlamov who is having an average season by surrendering 2.30 goals per game and that has him 5th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 8th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,487 mins he's played this season, he has given up 57 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .924, which puts him at 3rd among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 7th among goalies in the NHL.
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The New York Islanders played the New Jersey Devils in a matchup where the Islanders ended up with the victory by a tally of 4 - 3. In their game, New York earned a 54.6% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 71 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 59. They had a Fenwick percentage of 52.4% by earning a Fenwick of 54 and the Devils ending the game with a 49 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game New York had and we'd say they played well overall. Their PDO at even strength was 103.5 and their percentage of oZS was 62.9%. The Islanders notched 4 goals out of the 41 shots on goal they pursued. They had 1 power play attempt in this one but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Devils had 1 power play attempt and went on to score 1 goal. New York gave up 35 shots on goal and the Devils had a total of 0 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston (-130)
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