Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders Game 3 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Jun 02, 2021

After getting dominated in Game 1 the Islanders needed a bounce-back showing to tie things up and did just that in Game 2.

Boston
33-16-5-2
AT
June 03, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
NY Islanders
32-17-4-3
Puckline -1.5 +189
Moneyline -141
Over / Under o +5

52%

Betting Action

48%

Puckline +1.5 -227
Moneyline +117
Over / Under u +5

52%

Betting Action

48%

A split was all the scrappy New York Islanders could ask for in Games 1 and 2 in Boston. And who better, but Casey Cizikas and the Isles’ fourth line to get the job done. Cizikas’ overtime winner 14:48 into the first overtime not only got the Islanders the road split, but also made sure they avoided blowing a 3-1 lead in the third period of Game 2.

The series between the Islanders and the Boston Bruins now shifts to what’s sure to be a rowdy, packed, Nassau Coliseum, where New York went 21-4-3 this season. Game on.

Puck drop Thursday is set for 7:30 EST.

Bruins vs. Islanders Stanley Cup Odds

After getting dominated in Game 1 the Islanders needed a bounce-back showing to tie things up and did just that in Game 2. New York put 39 pucks on net in Game 2 and held Boston to 42 shots.  The Isles also went two for three on the man advantage. But, perhaps most importantly, Semyon Varlamov got the nod in net for New York and made 39 saves for his first playoff win this year.

The Over hit for the second straight time in this series in Game 2. The Bruins, however, have hit the Under in their last eight road games, so a defensive battle may be on the horizon. Oddsmakers have the Bruins as a -137 road moneyline favourite in Game 3. The total is set at 5.5 on the NHL odds.

Boston Bruins

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand once again rallied late to get Game 2 to overtime. They both scored their fourth goals of the postseason, after Boston went down 3-1 in Game 2. Without Craig Smith in the lineup, Boston’s top six still looked dangerous. Second-line centre David Krejci had a game-high seven shots, while linemates Taylor Hall and Jake DeBrusk had three each.

Boston’s young defenders showed their lack of experience in Game 2.  That inexperience is clearly this team’s weakness, if you had to point one out. Jeremy Lauzon fed Cizikas for his game-winner on a breakaway, and Connor Clifton was on the ice for all of New York’s regulation goals.

New York Islanders

Cizikas had the heroics, but the Islanders’ usual goal-scorers showed up in Game 2 as well. Josh Bailey got New York on the board, first. That goal was followed up by markers from Kyle Palmieri and Jean-Gabriel Pageau to cap off a three-goal second period. Palmieri and Pageau each had multi-point games and the latter now stands tied for the team lead in playoff scoring with nine points.

Barry Trotz’s move to go back to Varlamov certainly paid off too. Expect it to be Varlamov’s crease for the rest of the way, despite his first round struggles against Pittsburgh. Either way, New York’s goalies have combined for a .926 save percentage in the playoffs.

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