Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders Prediction, 3/9/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-111) Islanders (-105)
Barclays Center is the venue where Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (15-6-4) will take on the Boston Bruins (13-6-3) on Tuesday. The Bruins open this matchup at -111 while the Islanders are priced at -105. The O/U opens at 5.5.
The Bruins will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 1-0 defeat against the Devils the last time they stepped on the ice. Their offensive zone starts came in at 82.1% and their PDO rating was 95.5 for this game. They had a tally of 20 face-off victories at even strength and lost on 19 opportunities to win the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 44 and the Fenwick against was 31, giving them a Fenwick rate of 58.7%. The Corsi for the Bruins came in at 54 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 40 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 57.4%. Boston had 4 penalty minutes in this outing. Additionally, they had 2 chances with the advantage but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. The Bruins offense left a lot to be desired in the defeat. For the outing, they ended the night with no scores out of the 40 shots they put on goal.
Boston Bruins opponents have 74 power play opportunities (17th in the NHL) and have tallied 8 goals in those attempts. The Bruins have had 578 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .908. Boston has attempted 694 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.1%. When playing at even strength, the Bruins let the opposition score 45 goals while getting 48 on offense. Boston steps onto the ice with 62 power play opportunities and they have scored 15 goals during those advantages, garnering them a rate of 24.19%. For the current campaign, they have accumulated 29 points and their points percentage sits at .659. When it comes to their scoring capabilities, the Boston Bruins have earned 63 goals (23rd in hockey) over the course of the season and have surrendered 53.
The player in the crease for this game is Tuukka Rask. Over the course of his career, Rask has compiled 321 quality starts and his quality starts rate is .607. His save percentage is at .921 during his 31,664 mins on the ice. Rask has had 15,245 shot attempts against him and has recorded 14,047 total saves. Opponents have scored 1,198 goals against Rask in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 2.27. He has compiled a mark of 299-162-66 and he started in 529 games. Rask has been in goal for 550 contests during his hockey career.
Their last time out, New York opposed the Sabres in an outing where the Islanders notched a victory by a mark of 5-2. They had 2 opportunities on the power play in this outing but weren't able to score a goal. The Islanders scored 5 goals of the 30 shots on goal they pursued. They had a PDO of 109 and their percentage of oZS was 45.2%. New York went home with a 50.0% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that New York had and we'd say they played well overall. Their Fenwick rate came in at 49.3% by tallying a Fenwick of 35 and the Sabres ending the game with a 36 Fenwick at even strength.
The Islanders have tallied 58 goals at even strength and 15 goals (17th in pro hockey) while on the power play. New York has tried 752 shots (11th in pro hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 9.71%, while allowing the other team 684 shots. Over the course of the season, the New York Islanders have a total of 73 goals, 34 points, as well as a points percentage of .680. They have a total of 66 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 22.73%. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 83.33% on the other teams 60 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 92.0%. They have permitted 55 goals to be scored by way of 45 goals at even strength and 10 goals while they had less men on the ice.
On the other side of the ice you are expected to see Semyon Varlamov patrolling the crease. Varlamov has compiled a lifetime record of 243-187-59 and has participated in 511 games. Varlamov's rate of quality starts is 55.9% and he has accumulated 273 quality starting assignments in his career. He has racked up 14,059 stops out of 15,352 shots taken, which gives him a rate of .916. His opponents are averaging 2.65 goals/game and he has yielded 1,293 goals overall. He has made the start in 488 contests and has played 29,276 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take New York (-105)
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