Boston Bruins: An in-depth analysis of the New York Islanders

May 10, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) clears the puck out of the zone while Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) looks on during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
May 10, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) clears the puck out of the zone while Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) looks on during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 10, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Nick Ritchie (21) and New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) battle for position during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
May 10, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Nick Ritchie (21) and New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) battle for position during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /

Bruins In-depth Analysis of the Islanders:
Bruins vs Islanders

Overall

The B’s struggled against the Islanders for the majority of this season as they lost the first five games against them. However, they won the last three, which many attribute to the acquisition of Taylor Hall.

Overall, the B’s scored 18 goals against the Isles while they allowed 21 against them. That’s an average of 2.25 goals scored and 2.63 goals allowed.

However, most of the goals allowed came in the first five games in which they lost. Over these five games the B’s allowed 18 goals (3.6 goals per game) and only scored eight goals (1.6 goals per game).

Over the last three games, the B’s only allowed three goals (1.0 goals per game) and scored 10 goals (3.33 goals per game) — a much different story with the addition of Hall to the team.

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Another factor could very well be home-ice advantage. The first four games of the regular-season series between these two games took place at Nassau Coliseum, the home of the Isles, where the Islanders played much better than on the road. While the B’s went 0-3-1 at Nassau Coliseum, they went 3-0-1 at their home of TD Garden.

Top Scorers against each other

Bruins

  • Brad Marchand, LW: 8 games, 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists)
  • David Pastrnak, RW: 7 games, 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists)
  • David Krejci, C: 7 games, 6 assists
  • Patrice Bergeron, C: 8 games, 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists)
  • Taylor Hall, LW: 3 games, 4 goals
  • Steve Kampfer, D: 3 games, 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists)
  • Charlie McAvoy, D: 8 games, 3 assists
  • Mike Reilly, D: 3 games, 3 assists
  • Craig Smith, RW: 8 games, 2 goals
  • Charlie Coyle, C/RW: 7 games, 2 assists

Islanders

  • J-G Pageau, C: 8 games, 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists)
  • Mat Barzal, C: 8 games, 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists)
  • Nick Leddy, D: 8 games, 5 assists
  • Jordan Eberle, RW: 8 games, 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists)
  • Anthony Beauvillier, LW: 7 games, 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists)
  • Ryan Pulock, D: 8 games, 4 assists
  • Brock Nelson, C: 8 games, 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists)
  • Adam Pelech, D: 8 games, 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists)
  • Anders Lee, LW: 4 games, 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists)
  • Oliver Wahlstrom, RW: 7 games, 3 goals
  • Leo Komarov, LW/C: 6 games, 3 assists
  • Scott Mayfield, D: 8 games, 2 assists

Goaltending against each other

Bruins

  • Tuukka Rask: 5 games (5 starts), 1.86 GAA, .925 SV%
  • Jaroslav Halak: 3 games (2 starts), 4.36 GAA, .859 SV%
  • Jeremy Swayman: 1 game (1 start), 25-save shutout

Islanders

  • Semyon Varlamov: 7 games (7 starts), 1.93 GAA, .943 SV%, 1 shutout
  • Ilya Sorokin: 2 games (1 start), 2.23 GAA, .921 SV%