New York Islanders vs Boston Bruins Prediction, 4/15/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Islanders vs Boston Bruins
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (+100) Bruins (-110)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (22-12-6) host the New York Islanders (27-11-4) at TD Garden on Thursday. The line on this contest has the Islanders priced at +100 and the Bruins are at -110. The over/under has been set at 5.
The Islanders had a good night with a 3-2 victory over the Rangers in the last game they played. When starting in the offensive zone they sat at 35.2% and they had a PDO of 98.2 in this one. They compiled 26 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 18 opportunities to take control of the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 36 and the Fenwick Against sat at 39, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 48.0%. The Corsi for the Islanders came in at 44 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 46 which means they had a Corsi rate of 48.9%. New York compiled 8 mins in the box in this matchup. Furthermore, they had 3 power play opportunities and were able to net 1 goal. The Islanders had an average offensive outing in this victory. In the game, they finished 3 of the 32 shots they put on net.
New York Islanders opponents have totaled 103 power play opportunities (31st in the NHL) and have a total of 19 goals in those chances. The Islanders have had 1,159 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .916. New York has taken 1,237 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.8%. While playing at even strength, the Islanders let the opposition score 78 goals while getting 100 themselves. New York has accounted for 113 power play chances and they have added 21 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 18.58%. For the year, they have recorded 58 points and their points % is .690. In regard to their goal scoring prowess, the New York Islanders have tallied 121 goals (13th in the National Hockey League) over the course of the season and have given up 97.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Semyon Varlamov. Varlamov has played in 521 games over the course of his professional hockey career. He has amassed a win-loss record of 248-191-59 and he was named the starter in 497 games. The opposition has been able to score 1,316 goals versus Varlamov in his career and his goals against rate is 2.65. Varlamov has seen 15,617 shots against him and has recorded 14,301 total saves. He has a save percentage of .916 for his 29,845 mins played. Throughout his time in hockey, Varlamov has 278 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .559.
When they took the ice last, Boston faced off against the Sabres in an outing where the Bruins earned a victory by a score of 3-2. They had 1 chance on the power play in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal. The Bruins recorded 3 goals out of the 34 shots on goal they were seeking. Their PDO was 97 and their percentage of oZS was 71.4%. Boston wrapped up this game with a 58.5% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Boston played and it tells us they had an average game overall. They had a Fenwick percentage of 61.0% by amassing a Fenwick of 47 and the Sabres finishing with a 30 Fenwick at even strength.
The Bruins have tallied 80 goals at even strength and 28 goals (12th in professional hockey) while on the power play. Boston has taken 1,288 shots (8th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 8.39%, while allowing the opposition 1,105 shots. So far this season, the Boston Bruins have a total of 108 goals, 50 points, in addition to a points percentage of .625. They have recorded 121 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 23.14%. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 85.71% on their opponents 133 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently comes in at 90.6%. They have allowed 104 goals to be scored by of a combination of 85 goals at even strength and 19 goals while they were shorthanded.
On the other side of the ice you are expected to see Tuukka Rask in net. He has a tally of 14,053 stops out of the 15,251 shots tried, which gives him a rate of .921. Rask has compiled a lifetime mark of 299-162-66 and has been in net for 551 contests. He has made the start in 530 games and his ice time sits at 31,684 minutes. Rask's percentage of quality starts comes out to 60.8% and he has 322 quality starting assignments in his career. His opponents are averaging 2.27 goals per contest and he has yielded 1,198 goals in total.
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Tony's Pick: Take New York (+100)
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