Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders Prediction, 12/16/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021
Location: UBS Arena in Elmont, NY
UBS Arena is the venue where Ilya Sorokin and the New York Islanders (7-12-5) will play the Boston Bruins (14-9-2) on Thursday.
The Boston Bruins will look to clean up some issues after taking a 4-1 loss to the Golden Knights in their previous game. Boston had 2 penalty mins in this game. Moreover, they had 1 chance with the advantage but weren't able to net one. The Bruins left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in this defeat. While out there on the ice, they converted 1 of the 24 shots they attempted.
Boston Bruins opponents have amassed 74 power play tries (24th in the league) and have earned 14 goals in those attempts. The Bruins have had 747 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .913. Boston has taken 888 shots and holds a shot percentage of 7.8%. At even strength, the Bruins let the opposition score 51 goals while getting 51 on offense. Boston skates onto the rink with 73 power play opportunities and they have scored 18 goals during those chances, giving them a percentage of 24.66%. For the current campaign, they sit with 30 points and their points % is .600. In relation to their scoring capabilities, the Boston Bruins have tallied 69 goals (28th in pro hockey) this year and have given up 65.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Linus Ullmark. Throughout his time in hockey, Ullmark has 69 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .561. His save percentage currently is .913 during his 7,333 minutes on the ice. Ullmark has seen 3,883 shots against him and has recorded 3,546 total saves. The opposition has racked up 337 goals against Ullmark in his career and his goals against average per contest is 2.76. He has amassed a win-loss mark of 57-51-13 and he has gotten the start in 123 games. Ullmark has been in goal for 128 contests during his hockey career.
In their last game, New York opposed the Red Wings in an outing where the Islanders went home in defeat by a final score of 2-1. They had 1 power play opportunity in this contest but weren't able to notch a goal. The Islanders tallied 1 goal out of the 34 shots on goal they pursued.
New York has taken 678 shots (32nd in pro hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 7.52%, while allowing the other team 778 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 82.86% on the other teams 70 power play tries, and their save percentage sits at 91.0%. They have a total of 63 chances on the power play and they have a power play rate of 15.87%. The Islanders are sitting with 41 goals at even strength and 10 goals (30th in the league) while on the power play. They have granted a total of 70 goals to be scored by way of 58 goals at even strength and 12 goals while they had less men on the ice. On the year, the New York Islanders have a total of 51 goals, 19 points, in addition to a points percentage of .396.
Across the ice you are going to see Ilya Sorokin in net. Teams are averaging 2.31 goals/game and he has allowed 89 goals in total. Sorokin's percentage of quality starts is 66.7% and he has made 26 quality starting assignments in his professional career. He has made the start in 39 contests and has accumulated 2,316 minutes. Sorokin is the owner of a career mark of 20-13-7 and has been in net for 40 games. He has recorded 1,058 saves out of the 1,147 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save percentage of .922.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston
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