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Game 48: Boston Bruins @ New York Islanders Lines, Betting, Preview

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The Boston Bruins (27-16-4, 58 pts) will complete their two-game swing through the New York metro area Thursday when they take on the struggling New York Islanders (17-20-6, 40 pts) in their first game at UBS Arena. (7:30 PM ET, NESN, MSG+).

The Boston Bruins have played much better two-way hockey since being embarrassed at home by the Carolina Hurricanes in a 6-0 loss a week ago. The Bruins shut out the Ottawa Senators 2-0 last Saturday and this past Tuesday, they earned a well-deserved point in a 2-1 shootout loss to the New York Rangers. The B’s will get captain Patrice Bergeron back in the lineup after he missed the last three games with a head injury.

After two straight trips to the Eastern Conference Final, the Islanders have had a nightmare season. Whether it’s been COVID or injuries to key players, the Isles have just never got it going and now appear likely to miss the playoffs. They come into this game on a three-game losing streak and have been outscored 14-6 over that span.

Linus Ullmark will get the nod between the pipes for the Boston Bruins. Ullamark is 16-7-1 with a 2.78 GAA and .909 save percentage.

Ilya Sorokin is expected to start for the Islanders. Sorokin is 14-11-5 with a 2.51 GAA and a .919 save percentage.

Betting Prediction:

Per our friends at BetUS, the Boston Bruins are actually slight underdogs in this game despite being 18 points ahead of the Islanders in the standings and getting captain Patrice Bergeron back. With the Islanders reeling and letting in plenty of goals, the Bruins should find the net more often than not.

That’s why our BetUs pick for the game here is the Boston Bruins REVERSE PUCK LINE or -1.5 at +265.

Prediction: Bruins 4 Islanders 1

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Boston Bruins Notes

-Bergeron will center Taylor Hall and David Pastrnak tonight with Brad Marchand still out of the lineup.

“Obviously, Pasta and Taylor do have that great speed on the wings,” said Bergeron. “I think it’s one of those things where you try to send them and create something out of nothing. Many times they like to have the puck on their stick…so for me, I think it’s more trying to get open, try to generate chances for them to get it…trying to read off of my wings as much as possible.”

-Defenseman Urho Vaakanainen will draw back into the lineup and Connor Clifton will watch from up top as a healthy scratch.

-Marchand will serve the fourth game of his suspension as he awaits word on his appeal of the six-game suspension he received last week.

New York Islanders Notes

 

Boston Bruins Lines:

Forwards

Taylor Hall – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak

Trent Frederic – Charlie Coyle – Craig Smith

Jake DeBrusk – Erik Haula – Nick Foligno

Anton Blidh-Tomas Nosek-Curtis Lazar

Defense:

Mike Reilly – Charlie McAvoy

Matt Grzelcyk – Brandon Carlo

Derek Forbort – Urho Vaakanainen

Goalies:

Linus Ullmark

Jeremy Swayman

New York Islanders Lines:

Forwards

Anders Lee–Mathew Barzal–Kyle Palmieri

Kieffer Bellows–Brock Nelson-Anthony Beauvillier

Zach Parise-Jean-Gabriel Pageau- Oliver Wahlstrom

Matt Martin–Casey Cizikas–Cal Clutterbuck

Defense

Adam Pelech–Scott Mayfield

Zdeno Chara–Noah Dobson

Sebastian Aho-Ryan Pulock

Goalies

Ilya Sorokin

Corey Schneider

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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