Sparkling Offense Makes Bruins +155 our NHL Pick vs. Islanders

Swinging Johnson

Friday, October 23, 2015 2:39 PM GMT

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 2:39 PM GMT

The Bruins watched a two goal lead melt away in their loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday, while the Islanders shoot for their fifth consecutive victory. Are NHL odds pointing towards NY today?

Boston Bruins (2-4, -2.6 units)
The Bruins have been known for stellar goaltending and bare-knuckles defense but that has not been the case this season as evidenced by their 29th of 30 ranking in goals allowed averaging 4.3 per game. An ineffective penalty killing unit has been a big part of that problem as they have succeeded on only 70% of their opportunities which puts them in 27th place in the league. Former Vezina Trophy winner Tuukka Rask has a 1-3-1 record and an uncharacteristic 4.00 GAA. Rask has not looked sharp this season and the B’s could be eyeing backup Jonas Gustavsson who looked solid in his only start this season when he backstopped Boston to a 6-2 road victory over the Avalanche.

Offensively the Bruins have been more than sharp. They are pouring in goals at an alarming rate for a team that purged the roster in the offseason of players like Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton at the point. But the results speak for themselves as the B’s lead the league in goals scored per game with a whopping 3.7 per game. David Krejci has led the team with four goals and seven assists for 11 points on the young season. Patrice Bergeron has also done his part chipping in with four tallies and three helpers. But all that offense will do Boston no good if they can’t tighten up defensively.

 

New York Islanders (4-2, +1.9 units)
The Islanders stumbled out of the block dropping their first two games of the season but since then they have reeled off four consecutive victories and are looking to maintain that streak tonight in their new digs at the Barclays Center. In their most recent outing the team traveled to Ohio and handed the Bluejackets a 4-0 spanking which was the final straw that broke the back of head coach Todd Richards’ employment in Columbus. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped 37 shots and notched his 37th career shutout in stoning the Jackets and leading his team to victory.

The Isles are getting it done with the third ranked scoring attack averaging 3.5 goals per game and a penalty killing unit that is ranked 6th in the league. John Tavares has been largely responsible for the Islanders’ success in the opponents end with four goals and five assists complemented by right winger Kyle Okposo who has six points in six games. New York will try to go from a middling power play unit, ranked 14th connecting on 18.8 percent of their opportunities, in order to have even more success on the scoreboard.

 

NHL Picks
The NHL odds makers have installed the Islanders as -155 betting favorites over the visiting Bruins tonight. Boston has had success against the Isles in recent memory going 2-1 (+0.8 units) over the past two seasons. If we are looking to back the underdog in our NHL picks tonight the Bruins must get a semblance of balance in their game with an offense that has sparkled but a defense that has negated those sterling efforts.

As of this moment the Isles have confirmed that Jaroslav Halak will tend the twine while Tuukka Rask is unconfirmed but reported to be starting in net for Boston. Rask is far from what he has been in net thus far this season as he will eventually get on track and head coach Claude Julien will give him every opportunity to do just that. The B’s will be motivated after watching a two goal lead evaporate in the third period against the Flyers and should be a live dog here.

NHL Pick: Bruins +155 at 5Dimes

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