NHL Betting Preview: Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders – Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
When: Tuesday, February 5th at 7:00 PM ET
Money Line: Boston -160
BookMaker has the Boston Bruins listed as -160 money line favorites over the New York Islanders. The Boston Bruins enter this game with a record of 28-17-7 and have lost three of their last five games, but are coming off a road win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday by a score of 1-0 which ended their three-game losing streak.
The New York Islanders enter this game with a record of 30-15-6 and have won three of their last five games including a home win on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 4-2. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog New York Islanders.
New York Islanders
The Islanders are 30-15-6 and 15-8-2 on the road. The New York Islanders are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and have a chance to make a decent run in the playoffs. They currently have 66 points on the season which is 2nd best in the Eastern Conference and best in the Metropolitan division. New York is 30-15-6 overall, 15-8-2 on the road and 18-11-3 as an underdog.
Mathew Barzal leads the team in points and assists with 46 points and 31 assists. Anders Lee leads the team in goals with 18. Robin Lehner is 16-7-4 on the season with a .932 save % and is allowing 2.02 goals per game.
New York is averaging 2.96 goals per game which ranks 17th in the NHL. They are averaging 28.41 shots per game which ranks 28th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.47 power play goals per game which ranks 25th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.94 power-play chances per game which is tied for 19th in the NHL. The Islanders are allowing 2.45 goals per game which ranks 1st in the NHL.
The Bruins are 28-17-7 and 17-7-3 at home. The Boston Bruins are a borderline playoff team, so there are going to have to have a strong 2nd half of the season if they want to make the playoffs this season. They currently have 63 points on the season which is 5th best in the Eastern Conference and 4th best in the Atlantic division. Boston is 28-17-7 overall, 17-7-3 at home and 23-12-6 as a favorite.
David Pastrnak leads the team in points and goals with 62 points and 30 goals. Brad Marchand leads the team in assists with 38. Tuukka Rask is 15-8-4 on the season with a .922 save % and is allowing 2.35 goals per game this season.
Boston is averaging 2.87 goals per game which ranks 22nd in the NHL. They are averaging 33.21 shots per game which ranks 5th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.87 power play goals per game which ranks 4th in the NHL. They are averaging 3.17 power-play chances per game which is tied for 9th in the NHL. The Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game which ranks 4th in the NHL.
Boston gets the win at home
The Bruins are going to need a strong second half surge if they are going to make the playoffs while New York has a chance to make a deep run in the playoffs this season. Boston is 8-2 in their last ten match-ups with New York while outscoring the Islanders by an average of 2.9 to 1.9 in those games. The Bruins are 3-0 in their last three meetings with the Islanders while outscoring New York by an average of 4 to 1.33. I look for those trends to continue with a Bruins win at home over the Islanders on Tuesday. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.