NHL Picks: Bruins vs. Islanders

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 4:22 PM GMT

We’re back at it with another play involving Boston’s NHL entry and they are once again laying lots of lumber on the road. Will they pull through for us tonight, or are we smart to look elsewhere with our NHL picks?

Swinging Johnson - NHL Record (2-0, +2.25 units)

*Games assigned 1 to 5 units.

Update:

We’re a perfect 2-0 in our NHL picks this season with our latest score at the NHL betting windows being a one unit play on the Sabres (+125) as they trumped the Bruins 4-2 on February 15th .

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Boston Bruins (11-2-2)

The B‘s have an 11-2-1 record and all they have to show for it is a lousy third place in the Northeast division standings. That is of course due to the fact that they have played fewer games than any team in the NHL but that will soon change as they will play 18 games over the next 32 days and get the opportunity to win their fourth game of this five-game road trip.

The Bruins have played well at both ends of the ice with solid goaltending from Tuukka Rask, sporting a gaudy 9-1 record and a nifty 1.97 goals against average, to pesky Brad Marchand who is proving that he is more than just a pain in the ass to opposing superstars. He has in fact become the Bruins leading goal scorer tallying nine goals and 12 points on the young season.

Boston has killed 19 of 19 penalties over the past six games which have propelled them to the top spot in the NHL. Conversely, they have not been able to muster much of a power play, connecting on only 14.9% of their chances, ranking them 25th in the NHL. However, their most recent game against the Panthers on Sunday afternoon saw Chris Kelly collect his first goal of the season on a power play opportunity in a 4-1 Bruins victory.

New York Islanders (8-10-1)

Isles goaltender Rick DiPietro has been demoted to the minors and goalie Kevin Poulin got his shot as the starter on Sunday evening but he did not provide the spark New York has been missing all season as they bowed 4-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

I truly want to continue my analysis of the Islanders and tell you they are one of the very worst defensive teams in the NHL but they’re ranked a surprising 8th in the league in scoring with center John Tavares leading the way with 13 goals and 12 assists. But I cannot stop thinking about the albatross that is Rick DiPietro’s contract. This kid signed a 15-year, 67.5 million dollar deal back in ‘06 that was roundly jeered by every executive in the league. It was a monumental blunder and DiPietro has been unable to stay healthy or come even close to living up to those lofty expectations. The Islanders have only eight more years of signing a check to DiPietro unless of course someone claims him on waivers…not.

The Pick:

The Bruins have outscored the Islanders 36-19 in their last nine games at the Coliseum in which they have dominated to the tune of 7-1-1. If you can show me one good reason why the one of the very worst home teams will have a chance against a team that have been one of the true road warriors this year and the last several, then I’m listening.

But while I don’t like laying the heavy lumber on the road I see not an ounce of value in adding the home dog to our sports picks in this one. Obviously anything can happen and we all know locks are only for doors but the Bruins are tough to resist here.

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