The NHL is set up with an action packed slate of games throughout Thursday night. Ten games are up on the board throughout February 25. One of these games will be between the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
The Bruins have opened up this season with a record of 11-3-2, which has them sitting in first place of the East Division. Boston is coming off a win in their last game, which ended a two game losing streak. The Bruins have had a few days off since playing outdoors on Sunday. Boston will look to grab the edge with their extra rest in this one.
New York has put up a record of 9-6-3 throughout this season, which has them in fourth place of the East Division. The Islanders are coming off a win in their last game, which ended back to back losses. New York is in the thick of the East playoff race and needs to get a big win in this one to try and move up in the standings.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season, which should lead to a great tilt on Thursday night. Boston is coming off a big win at Lake Tahoe and will look to carry momentum into this one. I expect both teams to try and come out quickly in this matchup as they look to grab a much needed win. This should be a great game to watch on February 25.
The Bruins and the Islanders met up three times throughout last season. Boston hosted the first game, but New York was able to grab a 3-2 win in the shootout. The second game shifted to New York and the Bruins won 3-2 in overtime. The final game was hosted by the Islanders, but Boston earned a 4-0 win to win the season series.
The first game of this season series shifted to New York on January 18. Tuukka Rask finished with 16 saves on 17 shots, which was not enough for the win. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the opening goal in the third period, which was enough for the win. Semyon Varlamov stopped all 27 shots he faced to lift the Islanders to a 1-0 win at home.
The second game stayed in New York on February 13. Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron both had a goal and an assist, while David Pastrnak had two assists. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored two goals on the night. Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist, while Leo Komarov put up two assists. Semyon Varlamov turned away 28 of 30 shots as the Islanders grabbed a 4-2 win.
These two teams have met up five times throughout the last two seasons. New York has gone 3-1-1 in those five games. The Islanders have gone 3-0-1 in those games at home, which they will look to keep up with a win in this one. New York has played strong on defense against the Bruins this season, but I expect Boston to come out hungry in this one.
Boston’s special teams have been really strong throughout the early part of this season. The Bruins have capitalized on 15 of their 50 power play opportunities, which is a 30 percent power play. Boston has killed off 50 of their opponents 57 power play chances, which is an 87.7 percent kill rate. The Bruins will look to keep these numbers up in this one.
The Islanders have been strong on the power play so far this season. New York has scored 12 power play goals on 52 attempts, which is a 23.1 percent success rate. The Islanders have also been really solid on the penalty kill so far this season. New York has given up 9 goals on 45 penalties against, which is an 80 percent penalty kill.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season on special teams. The Bruins have been a little bit better on the power play and the penalty kill. Boston will look keep it going with a win in this one. New York is strong on both sides of special teams and if they can step up a big in this one, I think they can grab the win on Thursday night.
Tuukka Rask will likely get the start in the crease for the Bruins on Thursday night. Rask has started in 10 games this season, going 7-2-1 in those games. He has put up a save percentage of .901 and a 2.56 GAA in those games. Rask’s last start was against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, where he stopped 16 of 19 shots in a winning effort.
I expect Semyon Varlamov to get the nod between the pipes for New York in this one. Varlamov has earned a record of 8-4-2 through his 14 starts this season. He has posted a .927 save percentage and a GAA of 2.06 in his starts this season. Varlamov finished with 34 saves on 36 shots in his start against the Buffalo Sabres, which gave them the win.
These two goalies have had solid starts to this season. Varlamov has been a little bit stronger throughout this season with his save percentage. Rask has struggled a bit at times, but will look to get the win in this one. If either goalie can get going early in this one, it could give their team the edge on Thursday night.
Both teams are coming off a win in their last game, which ended a short losing streak. Both teams could use a big win in this one though to move up in the standings. New York has won both games to open up the season series, but the Bruins will look to get a win in this one. I think that Boston’s offense can get going on Thursday and their special teams can give them the edge.
BetOnline has the Bruins listed as a -123 against the money line. This implies that Boston will win this game around 55.2 percent of the time. The Bruins have been strong this season, which makes me agree with this line. I do not see a lot of value in this line though. I think that Boston can come out hot on Thursday night, which makes the Bruins -1 ½ at (+200) in this one.