Islanders vs Bruins Odds, Picks and Predictions for Saturday Afternoon (Mar 26)

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  • The Boston Bruins host the New York Islanders on Saturday, March. 26th
  • The Bruins are listed as heavy home favorites in the Saturday NHL odds
  • Read below for Islanders vs Bruins odds, picks and predictions

The Boston Bruins (40-19-5) will look to remain hot when they host the New York Islanders (28-25-9) in Saturday Afternoon Hockey on March 26th. The puck drops at 12:30 PM EST at TD Garden. NHL Network will carry the broadcast.

The surging Bruins are listed as -195 home favorites in the Saturday NHL odds. Saturday’s total is set at 5.5 with oddsmakers projecting a low-scoring battle between two strong defensive clubs.

Let’s take a look at the Islanders vs Bruins odds and offer you our NHL best bet prediction.

Islanders vs Bruins Odds

Game Time Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Saturday, Mar. 26 New York Islanders +1.5 (-167) O 5.5 (-109) +160
12:30 PM EST Boston Bruins -1.5 (+128) U 5.5 (-112) -195

Odds as of  March 25 at Barstool Sportsbook

The Bruins are listed at +138 odds on the puckline, while the Islanders are -167 to keep the game within two goals. Boston’s -195 moneyline price means they have 66% implied probability to win.

Bruins Home Favorites in Saturday NHL Odds

The Bruins are heavily favored to beat the Islanders at TD Garden in the Saturday NHL odds. Boston is one of the hottest teams in the league, posting a 14-1-1 record in their past 16 games. Bruce Cassidy’s team hasn’t lost at home in regulation since Feb. 10.

The Bruins beat the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champs, the Tampa Lightning, by a 3-2 score on Thursday. Goalie Jeremy Swayman made 22 saves, while forward David Pastrnak recorded a hat trick. The under cashed for Boston for the second straight game.

Boston’s defense and goaltending has been rock-solid, as the team has allowed two or fewer goals in five of their past six contests. Starting netminder Swayman (.925 SV%, 2.05 GAA) has been on fire and is Saturday’s projected starting NHL goalie.

The Bruins beat the Lightning without captain Patrice Bergeron, who is dealing with an elbow injury. The two-way center is questionable for Saturday’s game. Helping lessen the loss of Bergeron is the arrival of ex-Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm at the Trade Deadline.

Even with the trade the Bruins sit eighth in the Stanley Cup odds.

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Islanders Betting Analysis as Road Underdogs

The Islanders are +160 underdogs against the Bruins in the Saturday NHL odds, which means they have 38.5% implied probability to win. While they haven’t been as hot as Boston, New York has been playing decent hockey lately. The Isles are 7-1-1 in their past 10 games.

New York is heading back on the road after a two-game homestand in which they beat both Ottawa and Detroit in commanding fashion. Forward Brock Nelson remained red-hot during the homestand, scoring twice to give himself 10 goals in the past 11 games.

The Islanders have been decent as the road team this season, posting an 11-13-5 record away from home in 2021-22. They tend to struggle against top competition, however, as Barry Trotz’ club is just 4-16 when listed as the betting underdog in the NHL odds.

New York’s projected starting goalie for Saturday is Ilya Sorokin, who is 22-13-7 with a .927 save percentage and 2.29 GAA. Sorokin was excellent when these two teams met back in February, stopping 26 of 27 shots in a 4-1 victory.

Islanders vs Bruins Pick & Prediction

When making a pick for Islanders vs Bruins, series history needs to be considered in your decision. Although Boston is clearly the superior team on paper, the Islanders have historically performed well against the B’s. The Isles are 7-2-1 in the past 10 regular-season meetings.

Islanders vs Bruins Recent Results

Date Home-Away Money Line Puck Line Over/Under
02/17/2022 NYI 4 – BOS 1 NYI NYI Push
12/16/2021 NYI 3 – BOS 1 NYI NYI Under
06/09/2021* NYI 6 – BOS 2 NYI NYI Over
06/07/2021* BOS 4 – NYI 5 NYI NYI Over
06/05/2021* NYI 4 – BOS 1 NYI NYI Push

*Indicates NHL playoffs

Boston is still tough to bet against at home with a 19-10-2 record at TD Garden. While the Isles have everything to play for right now chasing the second wild-card  spot in the Eastern Conference, their track record against playoff teams is concerning.

Here are some betting trends to note for Islanders vs Bruins:

  • Bruins are 13-3 in their last 16 overall
  • Islanders are 3-12 in their last 15 games as a road underdog
  • Islanders are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings

Instead of picking a side, the total is the best way to play Islanders vs Bruins. Both teams are top-10 defensively and feature elite starting goalies. Sorokin has allowed three or fewer goals in five straight starts, while Swayman has allowed three or fewer goals in five straight.

This has all the makings of a tightly played defensive battle. Take Under 5.5 odds at -112 odds in the Saturday NHL odds at Barstool Sportsbook.

Pick: Under 5.5 (-113)

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Author: Stacy Hoffman