Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders Game 6 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Jun 08, 2021

Trailing the Islanders 3-2 in the series, Boston will need to win Game 6 on the road to stay alive.

Boston
33-16-5-2
AT
June 09, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
NY Islanders
32-17-4-3
Puckline -1.5 +178
Moneyline -133
Over / Under o +5

39%

Betting Action

61%

Puckline +1.5 -214
Moneyline +111
Over / Under u +5

39%

Betting Action

61%

The New York Islanders are returning home with the opportunity to advance to their second Eastern Conference Final in as many years, when they host the Boston Bruins Wednesday. The Islanders escaped TD Garden on Monday with a 5-4 win, changing the trajectory of the series after the first four games saw alternating winners. Boston outshot New York 44-19 in Game 5, but killed just one of four penalties taken in what ended up being the difference in the game.

Game 6 at Nassau Coliseum, which is still the arena’s potential final game, goes at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Bruins vs. Islanders Stanley Cup Odds

Through five games, the Under has hit once between the Bruins and Islanders, and Game 5 saw a series-high nine goals. The Islanders clicking at a 40 per cent rate on the power play in this series, surely helps the cause for the high-scoring battles. In fact, the winning team in three of the five games in this series, has scored multiple times on the man advantage.

With their season on the line, the Bruins are a -133 favourite to win, with the total set at 5.5 on the NHL odds.

Boston Bruins

Tuukka Rask had a tough time in net on Monday, allowing four goals on 16 shots before being replaced by Jeremy Swayman for the third period. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said after the game that Rask wasn’t 100 per cent, but should be ready for Game 6.

Otherwise, Game 5 was more of the same for Boston — top-six scoring and penalty kill struggles. Despite scoring four goals in the game, only five Bruins forwards (and just seven Boston players) had points. The goals came from David Pastrnak (x2), Brad Marchand, and David Krejci. Besides a Charlie Coyle tally in Game 2, Boston has no goals from their bottom-six this entire series.

After Monday’s loss Pastrnak is now second in the NHL with 14 playoff points. But just how far can he, Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron carry this club?

New York Islanders

Some will say getting outshot by 23 isn’t a winning formula, the Islanders will just say they made their chances count. Mathew Barzal got the Islanders going by scoring in his third-straight outing and then a second period frenzy featuring goals from Kyle Palmieri, Josh Bailey, and Jordan Eberle gave the Islanders a lead they never gave up. Palmieri’s marker was his team-leading sixth of the playoffs, while a two-assist night from Anthony Beauvillier moved him into a tie for the team lead in points with 11.

And how about Semyon Varlamov? Four shots may have got past him, but 39 saves to go with a win speaks for itself. Varlamov’s now 3-1 this series and between he and Ilya Sorokin, New York’s rolling with a .930 team save percentage this postseason.

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