Should you bet on the Islanders or Bruins in the NHL?
Betting on the Islanders is always a nail-biter as the offense has struggled but hitting the Under on the Bruins’ team total of 2.5 at -105 might be a less-stressful wager than the Islanders’ moneyline.
What has happened to the Islanders’ offense during their 11-game losing streak?
The Islanders have scored three or more goals in four of their last six games, as the offense is starting to pull it together after managing just 13 goals over the 11-game losing streak. The Boston penalty kill has been more than generous of late, giving up a goal in four straight games and having killed just 10 of its last 15.
Can the Islanders pick up a pair of points against Boston?
But even with the poor form and missing pieces, the Islanders have a great shot at picking up a pair of points versus a struggling Boston team that has also just been dealt some bad news. Patrice Bergeron was placed on the COVID list yesterday, where he joins Brad Marchand and Craig Smith.
Bruins vs. Islanders Stanley Cup Odds
Through five games, the Under has hit once between the Bruins and Islanders, and Game 5 saw a series-high nine goals. The Islanders clicking at a 40 per cent rate on the power play in this series, surely helps the cause for the high-scoring battles.
Tuukka Rask had a tough time in net on Monday, allowing four goals on 16 shots before being replaced by Jeremy Swayman for the third period. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said after the game that Rask wasn’t 100 per cent, but should be ready for Game 6.
New York Islanders
Some will say getting outshot by 23 isn’t a winning formula, the Islanders will just say they made their chances count. Mathew Barzal got the Islanders going by scoring in his third-straight outing and then a second period frenzy featuring goals from Kyle Palmieri, Josh Bailey, and Jordan Eberle gave the Islanders a lead they never gave up.
GAME 6 LINE
I’m a bit surprised that Boston is still getting so much love. They certainly looked like the better team earlier in the series, but they’ve struggled defensively and injuries (Brandon Carlo, Kevan Miller) haven’t helped. There’s also a feeling of uncertainty between the pipes.
If you’re going to bet on the Bruins tonight, it will cost $28 to win $20. And if you’re the type of person that thinks the Bruins are going to win tonight, you’re probably going to bet on the Bruins again in Game 7, at home, when they’ll also be favored. In fact, you’ll probably have to risk at least $30 to win $20 on a Bruins Game 7 win.
GAME 6 PLAYER PROPS
Here’s a few player prop bets that our friends at NBC Sports EDGE really like for Wednesday’s matchup between the Bruins and Islanders:
Why was Tuukka Rask pulled from the Boston Bruins?
Rask was pulled from Game 5 because he wasn’t feeling 100%, according to Cassidy.
How many shots did Semyon Varlamov have in Game 5?
New York Islanders DFS Spin. Semyon Varlamov allowed four goals on 44 shots in Monday’s 5-4 Game 5 win over the Boston Bruins. It was a solid night for Varlamov as the Russian goaltender did just enough to keep the Islanders in front in this one and get them over the finish line.
Who did the Boston Bruins beat in Game 5?
The Boston Bruins will be trying to stave off elimination when they take on the New York Islanders on Wednesday. New York defeated Boston in Game 5, 5-4, to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
Who are the Bruins without?
The Bruins will be without Steven Kampfer, Ondrej Kase, Kevan Miller, and John Moore. Listed as questionable for Boston are goaltender Tuukka Rask, Curtis Lazar, and Brandon Carlo. The Islanders will be without Johnny Boychuk, Michael Dal Colle, Anders Lee, and Oliver Wahlstrom.
How many goals did the New York Islanders score in the second period?
Second Period Surge Has New York on Brink of Advancing. The New York Islanders scored three goals in the second period to help them defeat Boston. Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey, and Matthew Barzal each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders. Semyon Varlamov stopped 40 of 44 shots. Good morning, #Isles Nation!
Who scored the power play goal for the Isles?
Mat Barzal, Kyle Palmieri and Jordan Eberle all scored power-play goals for the Isles, who went 3-for-4 on the man-advantage. This prompted Bruins’ coach Bruce Cassidy to go on a peculiar rant postgame where he went on to call the Isles the “New York Saints.”.
Which team was better in the 1-5 game?
Boston was clearly the better team in Games 1-5, but it was New York that managed to steal the most recent game on the road. Now, the Isles head back to the raucous Nassau Coliseum with a chance to punch their ticket to the semifinals.
How many saves did Semyon Varlamov make in the Isles?
Semyon Varlamov was solid for the Isles, making 40 saves in the victory. He’ll almost certainly be in net for the Isles after winning three of four games in this series. However, the intrigue comes in Boston’s crease. Tuukka Rask was beaten four times on 16 shots through two periods in Game 4.
Who was the Boston Bruins coach in Game 5?
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy lambasted the officiating in the series after Boston fell 5-4 in Game 5. The NHL countered by isssuing a $25,000 to the Boston coach. It’s an age-old tactic — blame the officials and get the media asking about that subject. For the Bruins, it’s a better topic of conversation than dealing with questions about why they’ve …
Is Rask questionable for Game 6?
Rask is being listed as questionable for Game 6. That could mean Swayman will be making his first career NHL playoff start with Boston’s season on the line. The Bruins will also be without forward Curtis Lazar for Game 6. He suffered a lower-body injury during Game 5.
Bruins vs Islanders odds
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Bruins vs Islanders predictions
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Bruins vs Islanders betting preview
Bruins: Patrice Bergeron F (Out), Brad Marchand F (Questionable), Craig Smith F (Questionable).
Islanders: Matt Barzal F (Questionable), Ryan Pulock D (Out).
Bruins vs Islanders picks and predictions
Our predictions are compiled from the analysis of the spread and total and are indications of where we are leaning for this game.
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Who did Cassidy put in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final?
Cassidy, however, took a leap in Game 6 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final when the Bruins were down 3-2 by putting Kuhlman in. Kuhlman wound up scoring and the move paid off in a 5-1 Game 6 win. Perhaps a similar move will be what the Bruins need two years later.
Was Chris Wagner scratched in Game 5?
He was healthy scratched for ineffectiveness in Game 5, but you could argue he has not been the Bruins’ worst forward. It would not be the worst idea to have him draw in for Chris Wagner, who has been a physical player this series but hasn’t offered much else.