Bruins Look To Add To NHL-Leading Point Total
Boston can wrap up a sweep of the three games against the Islanders as the Bruins return home after taking both games in a brief road trip.
The Bruins have the best record in the NHL at home (22-2-3) while the Islanders are two games under .500 on the road.
The schedule makers didn’t do the Islanders any favors with New York playing at home on Friday and then facing the NHL-leading Bruins the next afternoon. The Islanders are 6-3-1 when playing in the second game of back-to-backs.
The Islanders have been outscored 86-81 in road games this season and only five teams average fewer shots on goal on the road than New York.
The Islanders will be missing some key forwards with Cal Clutterbuck (upper body), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (upper body) and Oliver Wahlstrom (head) out. For the Bruins, forward Tomas Nosek is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
According to the NHL playoff odds, the Bruins (+500) continue to have the best odds to win the Stanley Cup championship. The Islanders are well back at +7000.
Nelson Delivering for Isles
The Islanders are relying heavily on the established players, especially when it comes to the goal-scoring department.
When the Islanders played host to Pittsburgh, the Islanders were outshot 44-28 and were -9 in the faceoff department. However, the Islanders found a way to win as Anders Lee and Brock Nelson scored twice while Zach Parise had the game-winning goal with 2:43 left to play as they rallied from deficits of 3-1 and 4-2 to pick up the 5-4 victory.
Nelson now has goals in four straight games with five goals and two assists during that stretch.
A concern heading into Saturday’s game is that four of the 12 forwards played less than 10 minutes with Lee one of the forwards to play more than 19 minutes.
The NHL betting lines total has gone under in 12 of the last 18 games played by the Islanders.
Richer Could Get Richer
The Bruins did hit a rough patch that included a rare home loss before going on the roster to beat the Western Conference-leading Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators. Now Boston will be getting back first-line wing DeBrusk.
The Bruins have gone 11-4-1 without DeBrusk and he is expected to return for this game.
Jim Montgomery on Jake DeBrusk’s return: “Jake is going to play tomorrow…he’s been cleared to play for a little while, but it’s where he’s at with the tenderness and getting back to checking the boxes to be ready mentally and physically for himself as well.” pic.twitter.com/8RSVQQ8FLP
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 17, 2023
DeBrusk was on pace to score a career-high 35 goals at the time of his injury. Without DeBrusk, different players have been used as the right wing on the line centered by Patrice Bergeron including veteran Craig Smith.
DeBrusk should slot in along with Bergeron and Patrice Bergeron on the top line and that allows the line of David Pastrnak, Pavel Zacha and David Krejci to remain intact.
The Las Vegas odds total has gone under in four of Boston’s last five games.
Islanders vs Bruins Game Injuries
Islanders vs Bruins Head-to-Head
Boston is looking for its fourth win in a row against the Islanders.
Defensemen Derek Forbort and Charlie McAvoy have combined for three of Boston’s seven goals with Pavel Zacha recording three assists. Noah Dobson and Josh Bailey have a goal and an assist each for the Islanders in the two games.
The Islanders had won five in a row in the series before the Bruins turned things around. Five of the last 12 games between the Bruins and Islanders were decided by one goal.
Islanders vs Bruins Game Information
- Game: Islanders (27-23-7) vs Bruins (40-8-5)
- Location: TD Garden, Boston
- Day/Time: Saturday, Feb. 18, 5 p.m. ET
- Islanders vs Bruins Live Stream: NHL.TV
Islanders vs Bruins Betting Lines
Islanders vs Bruins Picks & Prediction
The Islanders had four more power-play opportunities over the last three meetings with the Bruins but did little with those chances. Boston has converted on just 8% of its man-advantage opportunities over the last four games.
Two of the best goalies in the NHL figure to square off in this matchup with Boston’s Linus Ullmark the front-runner in the odds to win the Vezina Trophy with Ilya Sorokin of the Islanders not far behind.
The Bruins have covered in 15 of the 28 games at home with the Islanders 15-12 against the spread (ATS) in road games.
Boston is 34-8-5 when listed by the sportsbook as the favorite. The Islanders are 11-19-4 as the underdog.
The Boston Bruins are listed at -250 in our Las Vegas NHL odds. This means that if you wager $100 on the Bruins, you have a chance to win $40. New York is +210, offering a chance to win $210 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Boston Bruins a 71.43% chance to win, with the New York Islanders at 32.26%.