In the Eastern conference, the appearances can be deceiving because Boston Bruins is actually the most successful hockey team. Due to blizzard and unfavorable weather conditions, many of their games were postponed, and now they have at least two games in hand over their peers. A match against last-placed NY Islanders should enable them to increase their advantage.
Match: NY Islanders vs Boston Bruins
Bet: Boston Bruins
Odds: Unibet 2.10
What the two teams have in common is the fact that they perform much better away from home, with Boston winning seven of nine games. The truth is, that the Bruins are not much worse at home, it’s just that they didn’t get the chance to prove their worth in front of their fans, with many of the games postponed. Until now, they’ve had a reasonable schedule with plenty of days off between games, but the upcoming weeks will be extremely intense, with matches every other day.
Just like the Bruins, the New York Islanders are performing much better away from home, but this is not something they should be proud of. At Nassau Coliseum they’ve lost seven out of nine games and four of the most recent five, while conceding plenty of goals in the final period. Goalkeeper issues have plagued the hosts and the fact that they send former ace Rick DiPietro to the minors, speaks for itself.
The head to head record should represent an incentive for punters to back the visitors at full stakes, as Boston won 7/9 games while outscoring the Islanders 36 to 19. The odds are fair with Unibet, but punters should accept the risks implied by a regulation time bet and hope that the Bruins we win in 60 minutes.