The East Division Finals in the NHL Playoffs have been a fantastic series thus far. After the Boston Bruins managed to take back a game on the road, Game 4 saw the New York Islanders put on a clinic. A one-goal margin was padded by some empty-net tallies and the Islanders evened up this series at two games apiece. It’s anyone’s guess as to what’s in store for us tonight in Game 5. This NHL betting preview for the Islanders vs Bruins NHL Playoffs matchup will provide game info, betting trends, odds and a prediction for Game 5 of this series.
New York Islanders vs Boston Bruins Game Info | NHL Playoffs
NHL East Division Finals NHL Playoffs Game 5 (Series tied 2-2)
New York Islanders (71 pts, 32-17-7, 11-13-4 Away) vs. Boston Bruins (73 pts, 33-16-7, 18-7-3 Home)
Date: Monday, June 7, 2021
Start Time: 6:30 p.m. EST
Venue: TD Garden — Boston, MA
Goaltender Semyon Varlamov simply would not let the Islanders leave Long Island with a series deficit. He was brilliant in Saturday’s Game 4 triumph, posting a .966 save percentage and stopping 28 of the 29 shots fired on him. Mathew Barzal whipped a flying puck out of midair for what proved to be the decisive tally in the third period. It was Barzal’s second straight game scoring a goal after he also netted New York’s lone tally in Game 3. The Islanders showed their depth and toughness in this win. They’ll look to grab a series advantage for the first time on Monday night as NHL betting underdogs.
Although Game 4 was tied into the latter stages of the third period, it sure felt like the Bruins got outplayed. Give goalie Tuuka Rask a lot of credit for keeping Boston in it and even affording his team a chance to win right until the very end. He stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced and will need to play strong once again back home this evening. David Krejci scored the only Bruins goal in Game 4. Both David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand assisted on the tally. While the Bruins clearly have the best line in this series, it’s still somewhat up in the air as to whether they can match the Islanders across all four shifts.
Islanders vs Bruins NHL Betting Odds
Moneyline: NYI: (+155) | BOS: (-190)
Puck Line: NYI: +1.5 (-175) | BOS: -1.5 (+145)
Total: 5 — Over: (-130) | Under: (+105)
Islanders vs Bruins Betting Trends
- Islanders are 5-1 SU in their last six games when their opponent scores two goals or less in their previous game.
- Bruins are 11-2 SU in their last 13 home games as an NHL betting favorite.
- Over is 5-1-1 in the Islanders’ last seven games when their opponent scores two goals or less in their previous game.
- Under is 4-1 in the Bruins’ last five games following a loss of three goals or more.
- Islanders are just 1-4 SU in their last five head-to-head matchups against the Bruins in Boston.
- Home teams have won nine of the last 12 Islanders vs Bruins head-to-head matchups.
Islanders vs Bruins Prediction
This NHL prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Boston a 55.9% chance to win Game 5 of this NHL Playoffs matchup.
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