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East Playoffs Second Round Game 6: Boston Bruins at New York Islanders Preview, Betting Odds, How to Watch Live

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How to Watch Game 6: Boston Bruins at New York Islanders
The New York Islanders are one game away from clinching their ticket to the Stanley Cup semis. Can Boston slow down the NY offense to force Game 7? GETTY IMAGES

We may just be one game away from having a rematch between the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs semi-finals. Boston is in danger of exiting the second round once again after they lost last year to Tampa in that round even though they won the President's Trophy. While they finished third in their division this year, they are still down 3-2 against the Islanders who finished with less points this season. The Bruins need to tighten up defensively if they are going to stave off elimination.

What TV Channel is Game 6: Bruins-Islanders on?

Bruins-Islanders will be shown on NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET. You can live stream NHL Playoff games on fuboTV.

How to Watch Bruins-Islanders

When: Wednesday, June 9
Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Uniondale, NY
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NHL Playoffs free with fuboTV)

That's because the Islanders have scored nine goals in their last two games and even though Game 5 tally was close (5-4 final), the Isles were up 5-2 in the third on the road. They have gotten great performances from their regular season starter Semyon Varlamov in this round and that really has been the difference maker. Varly played well all season but it was rookie Ilya Sorokin took most of the reps in the first round against the Penguins who had the best record in the East, arguably the most difficult division this year. Sorokin played great and it looked like it was his job to lose. Then that's exactly what he did in Game 1 against the Bruins.

Sorokin gave up five goals in the opener and Varlamov hasn't looked back. It's crazy how in just one game, it looks like you won't play again in the playoffs barring injury. Just ask Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner who gave up seven against the Avalanche in Game 1 in relief of Marc-Andre Fleury. Now that the future hall of famer has been in the net ever since, the Golden Knights are on the verge of winning that series up 3-2.

Sorokin has a bright future and most certainly looks like he'll be the starter for quite some time for New York but the Islanders are better off right now sticking with the veteran especially if they close out tonight and play the Lightning next round. Tampa's Andrei Vasilevskiy is looking like the best goalie in these playoffs so far and the Islanders are going to need to put up their best counter if they are going to avoid their same fate of bowing out to Tampa like last year.

Let's be honest though. It's a bit premature and irresponsible to count out the Bruins. The Bruins have a phenomenal goalie of their own in Tuukka Rask even if he was pulled after giving up four goals in just 16 shots last game. It's still not certain if Rask will be the starter for this one. It seems fair to give him the benefit of the doubt and chalk it up to a bad night, especially for how much he's meant for this team. The Islanders aren't just winning because of the officiating maybe contrary to coach Bruce Cassidy's opinion. If Boston's defense can slow down this Islanders offense that has exploded in the last two games, Rask will be just fine and the Bruins have a very legitimate chance to push this series to a Game 7.

Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders Odds

Bruins Odds: -1.5
Islanders Odds: +1.5
Money Line: Bruins -135  - Islanders --
Over/Under: 5

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