Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders Prediction, 6/3/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders
Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-130) Islanders (+110)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (33-16-7) head to Barclays Center on Thursday where they'll take on the New York Islanders (32-17-7) in Game 3 of their series. The series is tied 1-1. The odds on this matchup have the Bruins priced at -130 and the Islanders are at +110. The over/under is set at 5.5.
The Bruins had a rough game after their 4-3 loss to the Islanders in Game 2. The Bruins had an average offensive output in this loss. In the game, they tallied a score on 3 of the 42 shots they put on net. They also had 2 chances with extra men on the ice and were able to notch 1 goal. Boston accounted for 8 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Bruins was sitting at 76 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 56 which had their Corsi percentage coming in at 57.6%. Their Fenwick came in at 58 and the Fenwick against was 44, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 56.9%. They recorded 26 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 26 attempts to gain puck control. When starting in the offensive zone they were at 57.7% and they had a PDO at even strength of 98.8 for this matchup.
Boston Bruins opponents have totaled 178 power play opportunities (4th in the NHL) and have scored 25 goals in those attempts. The Bruins have had 1,516 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .912. Boston has taken 1,866 shots and holds a shot percentage of 8.8%. At even strength, the Bruins let the opposition score 109 goals while getting 129 on offense. Boston has accumulated 160 power play chances and they have notched 35 goals out of those chances, giving them a rate of 21.88%. For the current campaign, the have a total of 73 points and their points percentage comes in at .652. In terms of their goal scoring prowess, the Boston Bruins have accumulated 164 goals (14th in hockey) for the season and have given up 134.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Tuukka Rask. Rask has participated in 560 matchups over the course of his pro hockey career. He has amassed an overall mark of 306-163-66 and he has gotten the start in 539 games. Opponents have tallied 1,216 goals against Rask in his career and his goals against average per game is 2.27. Rask has had 15,485 shot attempts against him and has recorded 14,269 saves. His save percentage currently sits at .921 for his 32,206 mins in the crease. In his career, Rask has accumulated 329 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .610.
In their Game 2 win, New York had a 42.4% Corsi rating. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that New York played and it was an excellent showing for this outing. Their Fenwick percentage was 43.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 44 and the Bruins ending the game with a 58 Fenwick. Their PDO at even strength was 101 and their oZS percentage was 42.3%. The Islanders notched 4 goals out of the 39 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 opportunities on the power play in this game and scored 2 out of those chances.
On the year, the New York Islanders have 152 goals, 71 points, in addition to a points percentage of .634. They have granted a total of 125 goals to be scored by way of 103 goals at even strength and 22 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Islanders have racked up 125 goals at even strength and 27 goals (24th in the NHL) while on the power play. They have recorded 144 power play chances and they have a power play percentage of 18.75%. New York has taken 1,623 shots (22nd in pro hockey) and has a shot percentage of 9.37%, while allowing the opposition 1,590 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 83.70% on their oppositions 135 chances on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 92.1%.
Across the ice you are likely to see Ilya Sorokin in goal. The opposition is averaging 2.17 goals/game and he has yielded 46 goals in total. Sorokin's quality start rate is 71.4% and he has accumulated 15 quality starts in his NHL career. He has started in 21 contests and has played 1,272 mins. Sorokin has accrued a career record of 13-6-3 and has been in goal for 22 games. He is sitting with 517 saves out of 563 shots taken, which gives him a percentage of .918.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Boston (-130)
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