New York Islanders vs Boston Bruins Prediction, 5/31/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Islanders vs Boston Bruins
Date: Monday, May 31, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (+167) Bruins (-208)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (33-16-7) host the New York Islanders (32-17-7) at TD Garden on Monday in Game 2 of their series. The odds on this contest have the Islanders coming in at +167 and the Bruins are at -208. The over/under opens at 5.5.
The Islanders had a rough game after their 5-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 1. The Corsi for the Islanders sat at 32 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 58 which had their Corsi rate coming in at 35.6%. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 46.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 97.0 in this one. New York compiled 6 penalty minutes in this contest. The Islanders had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this loss. Their Fenwick was 26 and the Fenwick against was 49, meaning the had a Fenwick percentage of 34.7%. They garnered 23 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 24 opportunities to win the face-off. Additionally, they had 3 opportunities with more players on the ice and were able to notch 1 goal. For the matchup, they converted 2 out of the 22 shots they put on goal.
New York Islanders opponents have 135 power play tries (30th in pro hockey) and have notched 22 goals in those chances. The Islanders have had 1,590 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .921. New York has tried 1,623 shots and has a shot percentage of 9.4%. When at even strength, the Islanders have conceded 103 goals while notching 125 of their own. New York skates onto the rink with 144 power play chances and they have tallied 27 goals out of those tries, earning them a percentage of 18.75%. For the current season, they have tallied 71 points and their points percentage sits at .634. In regard to scoring goals, the New York Islanders have racked up 152 goals (21st in the NHL) this season and have conceded 125.
The player between the pipes for this game is Ilya Sorokin. For his professional hockey career, Sorokin has 15 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .714. His save percentage sits at .918 in his 1,272 mins played. Sorokin has had 563 shot attempts taken against him and has accrued 517 total saves. Opponents have scored 46 goals versus Sorokin in his career and his goals against rate is 2.17. He has an overall record of 13-6-3 and he started in 21 games. Sorokin has been involved in 22 games during his professional hockey career.
In their Game 1 win, Boston had a PDO at even strength of 103 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 53.3%. They had 2 power play chances in this contest and scored 2 out of those opportunities. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 65.3% by tallying a Fenwick of 49 and the Islanders having accrued a 26 Fenwick at even strength. The Bruins recorded 5 goals out of the 40 shots on goal they tried. Boston earned a 64.4% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Boston played and it tells us that they played really well in this game.
Boston has tried 1,866 shots (3rd in the NHL) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 8.79%, while allowing the other team 1,516 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 85.96% on the other teams 178 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is 91.2%. They have recorded 160 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 21.88%. The Bruins are sitting with 129 goals at even strength and 35 goals (14th in hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have allowed 134 goals to be scored by of a combination of 109 goals at even strength and 25 goals while they were shorthanded. On the year, the Boston Bruins have 164 goals, 73 points, in addition to a points percentage of .652.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Tuukka Rask patrolling the crease. Rask is sitting with a lifetime mark of 306-163-66 and has been in net for 560 contests. Rask's quality start rate comes in at 61.0% and he has qualified for 329 quality starts in his hockey career. He has accrued 14,269 saves out of 15,485 shots tried, giving him a rate of .921. His opposition is averaging 2.27 goals/game and he has relinquished 1,216 goals in total. He has started in 539 contests and has played for a total of 32,206 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston (-208)
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