Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders Prediction, 2/25/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-130) Islanders (+110)
Barclays Center is the venue where Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (9-6-3) will play the Boston Bruins (11-3-2) on Thursday. The Islanders open this game at +110 while the Bruins are priced at -130. The total opens at 5.
The Bruins were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 7-3 victory over the Flyers in their previous game. The Corsi for the Bruins came in at 53 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 45 which had their Corsi percentage coming in at 54.1%. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 65.4% and they had a PDO of 107.5 for this one. Boston accounted for 6 penalty minutes in this game. The Bruins had a solid offensive output and it showed in this victory. Their Fenwick came in at 46 and the Fenwick against was 31, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 59.7%. They amassed 22 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 20 attempts to win the face-off. Furthermore, they had 3 chances with extra men on the ice and were able to score 1 goal. For the game, they were able to notch a goal on 7 of the 35 shots they put on net.
When talking about their scoring capabilities, the Boston Bruins have notched 49 goals (17th in pro hockey) so far this season and have allowed 36. For the season, they have 24 points and their points % is .750. Boston steps onto the ice with 50 power play chances and they have notched 15 goals out of those attempts, earning them a percentage of 30.00%. At even strength, the Bruins have conceded 29 goals while having 34 themselves. Boston has taken 505 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 9.7%. The Bruins have had 401 shots attempted against them and have earned a save percentage of .910. Boston Bruins opponents have amassed 57 power play tries (15th in pro hockey) and have come away with 7 goals in those chances.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Tuukka Rask. The opposition has been able to score 1,189 goals versus Rask in his NHL career and his goals against average per contest is 2.27. Rask has played in 546 matchups throughout his pro hockey career. His save percentage is at .921 for his 31,420 mins on the ice. He has compiled a win-loss mark of 298-160-65 and he has gotten the start in 525 games. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Rask has 318 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .606. Rask has seen 15,137 shots taken against him and has garnered 13,948 total saves.
In their last contest, New York faced off against the Sabres in a matchup where the Islanders ended up with the victory by a tally of 3-2. They had 2 attempts on the power play in this one and netted 1 out of those chances. The Islanders notched 3 goals of the 23 shots on goal they attempted. Their PDO was 106 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 46.4%. New York earned a 48.3% Corsi rate. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that New York had and you might say they looked run of the mill in this one. Their Fenwick rate came in at 48.6% by compiling a Fenwick of 36 and the Sabres finishing with a 38 Fenwick at even strength.
The Islanders have earned 32 goals at even strength and 12 goals (17th in pro hockey) while having a power play advantage. New York has attempted 534 shots (15th in the NHL) and has earned a shooting percentage of 8.24%, while allowing the opposition 502 shots. On the season, the New York Islanders have earned a total of 44 goals, 21 points, in addition to a points percentage of .583. They have a tally of 52 power play chances and they have earned a power play rate of 23.08%. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 80.00% on their opponents 45 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 91.6%. They have allowed 42 goals to be scored by of a combination of 33 goals at even strength and 9 goals while they had less men on the ice.
Across the ice you are going to see Semyon Varlamov defending the goal. He has recorded 13,950 stops out of 15,234 shots taken, giving him a save % of .916. Varlamov is sitting with a career mark of 240-187-58 and has been in goal for 507 games. He got the starting nod in 484 games and has played for a total of 29,031 minutes. Varlamov's quality start percentage comes out to 55.8% and he has earned 270 quality starts in his pro career. Teams are averaging 2.65 goals per contest and he has relinquished 1,284 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Boston (-130)
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