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NY Islanders vs. Boston,
12/19/2019 19:00 EDT,
Score: 3 - 2
Money Line: -175 Boston
7* Boston (7:05 ET): I was stunned as to how poorly the Islanders played Tuesday night (I had them). They lost 8-3 at home to the Predators by giving up the game's final seven goals. The Isles entered that game 13-2-1 SU at home. An equally stunning result that night was Boston losing on home ice to Los Angeles. The Bruins were -275 on the ML for the contest as they fell for the sixth time in the last seven games. Somebody's gotta bounce back here and I believe it's going to be the Bruins.
While the Islanders are a worthy adversary, you have to remember it wasn't that long ago that it seemed as if Boston might run away with the President's Trophy (awarded to team w/ most regular season points). They still comfortably lead the Atlantic Division - with a 10-point advantage - and their +28 goal differential is tops in the Eastern Conference. Six of their seven home losses this year, including the one to LA on Tuesday, have come past regulation. It's hard to fathom a team this good being in this kind of prolonged slump. It's only a matter of time before they break out.
The Islanders' loss Tuesday was their worst of the year and the eight goals allowed were obviously a season-high (previously had not allowed more than 5 in any game). They still lead the league in goals allowed (80), though Boston (90) isn't far behind and has played three more games. Head to head, the Bruins have had the Isles' number in recent years, winning 12 of the last 14 matchups including seven straight. NY isn't nearly as good on the road as their scoring average drops to 2.6 goals per game. They are 5-14 SU after giving up 5+ goals the previous game. 7* Boston