New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins Game 2 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated May 30, 2021

Boston will be looking to put the pressure on the Islanders and go up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series when they meet for Game 2 on Monday night.

NY Islanders
32-17-4-3
AT
May 31, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
TD Garden
Boston
33-16-5-2
Puckline +1.5 -178
Moneyline +167
Over / Under o +5

44%

Betting Action

56%

Puckline -1.5 +148
Moneyline -200
Over / Under u +5

44%

Betting Action

56%

In his true showman-like fashion, David Pastrnak made sure all 17,400 fans at TD Garden went home happy after Game 1. Or for any of the New York Islanders fans in attendance, Pastrnak’s thee-goal, seven-shot performance was at least objectively entertaining.

Pastrnak’s hat trick propelled the Boston Bruins to a 5-2 win over New York in Game 1 and the two clubs now go back at it on Monday night in Boston. Here on, for the Islanders, they need to slow down Pastrnak and his line-mates Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Puck drop for Game 2 is 7:30 p.m. EST.

Islanders vs. Bruins Stanley Cup Odds

With the win Saturday, Boston’s now won four straight against the Islanders dating back to the regular season. It showed too, with the Bruins outshooting New York 40-22 and capitalizing on both of their power plays. Boston’s now 11-1 in their last 12 home games, and the Islanders are 4-10 in their last 14 on the road.

The Bruins are a -195 moneyline favourite to win Game 2, with the total at an even 5.0. In New York’s 32 road games in 2021, the Under has hit 22 times. Plus, the fact starting goalies Tuukka Rask and Ilya Sorokin both have over .930 save percentages in the playoffs, makes 5.0 a tough number to see Game 2’s total going Over.

New York Islanders

Anthony Beauvillier’s team-leading fourth postseason goal opened the scoring Saturday night, but from there it was tough sledding for the Isles. Adam Pelech made it a 2-2 game going in the final frame where offence was non-existent for New York.

Scoring may become a big problem for New York if they start playing track-meets with Boston. Regular season leading scorer Mathew Barzal is still without a goal in these playoffs and they’re already without captain Anders Lee — a 20-plus goal-scorer in his past four seasons.

Sorokin made 35 saves on 39 shots Saturday and should be in line to start Game 2.

Boston Bruins

Along with Pastrnak’s three goals, Charlie McAvoy and Taylor Hall also found the back of net in Game 1. McAvoy scored the game-winner and Hall added an empty-netter. David Krejci (three) and Patrice Bergeron (two) had multi-assist games, while Brad Marchand and Mike Reilly added an assist each too. Outside of these seven players, no other Bruin had a point. And voilà, another typical Boston top-six performance is now in the books.

The Bruins’ top-six may see one change in Game 2 though, with Craig Smith getting injured. Smith left Game 1 with a lower-body injury and didn’t return. Defenceman Matt Grzelcyk also briefly left the game with an apparent lower-body injury, but returned and played 16:47, the lowest ice time among all six Bruins’ defencemen.

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