This series is going to be a good one. The first two seeds in the East Divison got embarrassed in round one. We are left with these two teams. It is no secret that the rivalry between New York and Boston is one of the best in sports. While the Islanders and Bruins are not the most heated rivals in the league, this series will still be ridiculous. This is only the third time the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders have met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The previous two meetings have gone in favor of the Islanders.
Saturday night. Full house. Can’t wait. pic.twitter.com/AA0arZ8rRK
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 27, 2021
It may look lopsided in favor of one team, but this season series is closer than you may think. The Islanders lead the season series with a 5-3 overall record, but the Bruins are pretty consistent. New York managed to take the first five games of the series, but the Boston Bruins have been perfect since the Taylor Hall trade.
The Bruins are 3-0-0 against the Islanders since the Taylor Hall trade. Hall was the star of the game the last time these two teams met right before the playoffs. He scored two goals, including the overtime winner, the help Boston clinch the third seed in the East Division. This could be huge for the Bruins as they have home-ice advantage over the Islanders. With Boston returning to full capacity starting tonight, I expect the TD Garden faithful to play a huge role in this series immediately.
It is no secret that the goalie matchup in this series is one of the best across the league. Both teams have solid options when it comes to their duo between the pipes. Even though Boston Bruins backup Jeremy Swayman is a rookie, he possesses the traits of a star in the making. The Islanders have a young star of their own. Ilya Sorokin is in his first season as an Islander and has earned the trust of head coach Barry Trotz.
Tuukka Rask (15-5-2 Regular Season, 4-1 Playoffs) – 2.28 GAA and 0.913 Save Percentage (Regular Season), 1.81 GAA and 0.941 Save Percentage (Playoffs)
Jeremy Swayman (7-3-0 Regular Season) – 1.50 GAA and 0.945 Save Percentage
New York Islanders
Ilya Sorokin (13-6-3 Regular Season, 4-0 Playoffs) – 2.17 GAA and 0.918 Save Percentage (Regular Season), 1.95 GAA and 0.943 Save Percentage (Playoffs)
Semyon Varlamov (19-11-4 Regular Season, 0-2 Playoffs) – 2.04 GAA and 0.929 Save Percentage (Regular Season), 3.61 GAA and 0.903 Save Percentage (Playoffs)
Another monster stop by Sorokin on Letang pic.twitter.com/Ec9445D3WA
— Rob Taub (@RTaub_) May 25, 2021
Playoff Stat Leaders
Each team has a dynamic offensive unit in their top six. The Bruins, for the first time in a long time, have two lines in their top six that can score goals. The Islanders have some of the fastest and most explosive skaters on the planet in their offense. Matt Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier can change the game in a matter of seconds with their speed. It will be a true test for the Bruins d-core to try and slow down these Islanders.
Goals – Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand (3)
Assists – Charlie McAvoy (5)
Points – David Pastrnak (6)
New York Islanders
Goals – Anthony Beauvillier (3)
Assists – J.G Pageau (6)
Points – Anthony Beauvillier and J.G Pageau (7)
Having a bad morning? Having a good morning? Either way, make it even better by watching Taylor Hall's absurd OT winner against the Islanderspic.twitter.com/YNSM1if7y3
— Mike Cratty (@Mike_Cratty) May 11, 2021
We know that Game 1 is tonight at TD Garden at 8 pm. Game 2 will be Monday, same location, at 7:30 pm. This will be a great series to watch.
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