While some teams are fighting for their lives at this late stage of the NHL season, there are a few other teams who have some bigger fish to fry. The battle for the President’s Trophy, which goes to the team with the best regular season record, is all but over, with the Tampa Bay Lightning claiming that one. They have also clinched the Atlantic Division, but the races to win the other divisions are still running hot, as is the constant fight for a higher seeding come playoff time.
The final few weeks of the regular season are going to be frantic, with the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders just two of the teams with a lot to play for during that closing stretch. The Bruins are trying to hold onto the #2 spot in the Atlantic Division, as that would put them in a very nice spot once the playoffs begin. The Islanders have a division title in mind, as they still have a serious shot at winning the Metropolitan. The Islanders are the underdogs by 1 ½ on home ice, with the O/U set at 5 ½.
How to Bet Bruins vs Islanders NHL Odds & Game Preview
- When: Tuesday, March 19 at 7 PM EST
- Where: Nassau Coliseum, New York
- TV: MSG+ / NESN
- Radio: Boston / New York
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- NHL Odds: Bruins -1.5 (+235)
Why Bet on the Boston Bruins?
In any other season, the Boston Bruins would be atop the division with their 95 point total, but they just happen to be in the same division as a Tampa Bay Lightning team that is absolutely tearing it up. Still, the Bruins are in a great position ahead of the playoffs and are finishing strong, going 7-3 in their last 10 games.
They will be desperate to ensure themselves a higher seeding in the East, as they have been a whole lot better at home than on the road, although their 15-13-6 road record is not that bad, but also not on a par with the other teams sitting near the top of the NHL standings. The Bruins are winners of 6-straight versus the Islanders, so you need to like them here. Boston are an even 17-17 ATS on the road.
- Goals: 3
- Shots: 32.85
- PP/PK Percentage: 26.34
- Goals: 2.57
- Shots: 30.04
- PP/PK Percentage: 18.89
Why Bet on the New York Islanders?
The New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals have been playing a game of leapfrog at the top of the Metropolitan Division for a few weeks now. As it currently stands, the Islanders have the edge, with both teams currently sitting on 91 points. It is the Capitals who have been better over the last 10 games, although the Islanders have not exactly been too shabby, going 6-4 during that stretch.
They will be looking to take advantage of home ice in this one, as they are 22-11-4 at the Nassau Coliseum this season, but they will also be well aware that the Bruins are a team they have routinely been unable to solve. As far as covering the spread goes, the Islanders are 19-18 ATS in their own building.
- Goals: 2.86
- Shots: 28.51
- PP/PK Percentage: 15.27
- Goals: 2.40
- Shots: 30.65
- PP/PK Percentage: 19.50
Bruins vs Islanders NHL Betting Trends
- Boston is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
- Boston is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston’s last 12 games
- NY Islanders is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
- NY Islanders is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Islanders’s last 5 games
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
There are certain match-ups where one team always seems to find a way to win, which is what we have here. The Bruins have owned the Islanders over the last couple of seasons, usually in low scoring affairs. Let’s go with more of the same here.
Boston Bruins 3 New York Islanders 2