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New York Islanders take on Bruins in hockey test

New York Islanders

Boston Bruins
12-21-7 December 31, 2013, 07:00 PM | TD Garden 26-11-2

Boston will try to be nasty hosts on Tuesday when the New York Islanders pay a visit to TD Garden.

The Bruins currently sport a record of 26-11-2. The Islanders are 12-21-7. Betting totals have seen the Bruins post a 11-15-13 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Islanders have gone 21-18-1 against the number.

View New York Islanders vs Boston Bruins Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Bruins as -221 Favorite earlier today. The over under opened at 5.5 at 5Dimes for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 4-rated Bruins and the No. 30-ranked Islanders, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

New York won its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Wild on December 29. Bettors who backed the Islanders at +190 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Bruins were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Senators. That made winners of bettors who got Ottawa at +115 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 2.92 goals per game, against a Islanders defense that ranks No. 29 at 3.38 goals allowed. The Bruins power play is averaging 21.7% while the Islanders defense kills off 73.98% of their penalties.

A few Islanders at Bruins trends to consider:
NY Islanders is 4-15 SU in its last 19 games
NY Islanders is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
NY Islanders is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of NY Islanders's last 13 games on the road
Boston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Boston is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games when playing NY Islanders
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games when playing NY Islanders

Next up:
New York home to Chicago, Thursday, January 2nd
Boston home to Nashville, Thursday, January 2nd