National Hockey League action on Tuesday evening and the Metro Division will mix it up with the Atlantic Division as the New York Islanders pay a visit to TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts to rumble with the Boston Bruins. The Islanders enter this game off a 4-2 home win over the Kings, while the Bruins are off a 1-0 road win over the Capitals.
Isles Get Back On Track By Crowing The Kings
The New York Islanders have been one of the hotter teams of in the league of late, but they did have a hiccup when they lost back-to-back games to the Blackhawks and the Lightning. The Islanders are now back on track after taking down the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 4-2 in their latest action. The Islanders currently lead the Metro Division by four points over the Penguins and Capitals and they have now won 16 of their last 21 games overall. The Isles are a legit threat in the Eastern Conference. New York trailed the Kings by a 2-1 score in the 3rd, but they scored three goals over the final 6:14 of the game to walk away with the come-from-behind win. Casey Cizikas (12th), Mathew Barzal (15th), Michael Dal Colle (2nd), and Brock Nelson (17th) all scored in the win.
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 4, 2019
Grabbing the win was Robin Lehner, who stopped 34 of the 36 shots that he faced to improve to 16-11 with a 2.02 GAA and a .932 save percentage on the year, while out on the road he has gone 9-7 with a 2.30 GAA and a .928 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 4-15 with a 2.61 GAA against the Bruins. The Islanders have gone 15-10 on the road for the year and they have averaged 2.88 gpg and have allowed 2.48 gpg in those games. New York enters this contest ranked 26th in power play conversions at 16.0% and 21st in penalty kill at 79.3%.
Breaking News: Rask Beat The Capitals
That is headline news as Tuukka Rask entered his game against the Capitals on Sunday afternoon having gone just 1-16 against them in his career. Not only did he beat the Caps, but he blanked them and he did so on the road. Boston won the game by a score of 1-0 and Rask stopped all 24 shots he faced for his 2nd shutout of the year and the 43rd of his career. He is now 15-12 with a 2.35 GAA and a .922 save percentage on the year, while here at home he has gone 8-6 with a 2.24 GAA and a .922 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 13-5 with a 2.14 GAA against the Islanders.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 4, 2019
Rask was the hero in the crease for the Bruins while David Krejci was the offensive hero as he notched his 11th of the year mid-way through the 2nd period for the games lone goal. The Bruins have been very inconsistent of late as they have gone just 2-5 over their last seven games and they have now dropped to 4th place in the Atlantic Division. Boston is still in 7th place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings and they have a seven-point lead over both the Sabres and Hurricanes, who are tied for the 9th spot. The Bruins have gone 17-10 here at home and they have averaged 3.41 gpg and have allowed 2.48 gpg in those games. Boston enters this game ranked 3rd in the league in power play conversions at 27.3% and 16th in penalty kill at 79.6%.
- 14-5 in their last 19 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- 35-16 in their last 51 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game
New York is:
- 11-25 in their last 36 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- The Under is 8-1-1 in their last 10 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will look for the Bruins to take this one. Boston has been inconsistent of late, but they are off a nice confidence-building win over the Capitals on the road. Tuukka Rask has played well at home this year and he is 13-5 with a 2.14 GAA in his career against the Islanders. Robin Lehner has played well for the Islanders this year and he has been rather hot, but he is also 4-15 with a 2.61 GAA against the Bruins in his career. Lastly, we note that the Islanders are just 10-27 the last 37 games in this series.
Prediction: Boston -160
Full-Game Total Pick
We will be going with the Under in this one. The Bruins are a solid offensive team at home, but it has struggled some of late overall and Lehner has a 2.30 GAA on the road, plus a 2.61 GAA against the Bruins. The Bruins have allowed just 2.48 gpg at home and Rask has a 2.14 GAA against the Islanders in his career. The Under is 16-5-2 in New York’s last 23 vs. a team with a winning record and 7-1-1 in Boston’s last 9 vs. the Eastern Conference, plus 6-1 the last seven games between these teams here in Boston.
Prediction: Under 5.5