Blue Jackets vs. Islanders - 4/2/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (45-27-5) at Columbus Blue Jackets (37-35-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +111 / New York Islanders -123 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, FSOH
The New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets play Thursday night at the Nationwide Arena.
The New York Islanders look for a win after losing four of their last six games. The Islanders are averaging three goals and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The New York Islanders have four power play goals in their last three games and have won three straight when scoring at least three goals. John Tavares leads New York with 34 goals, Ryan Strome has 32 assists and Brock Nelson has 179 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 131 goals on 1,511 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 54 goals on 488 shots.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets look to build on their seven-game winning streak. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.7 goals and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have three power play goals in their last four games and have won 11 straight when scoring at least three goals. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with 27 goals, Ryan Johansen has 43 assists and Scott Hartnell has 183 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 122 goals on 1,466 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 78 goals on 897 shots.
The Islanders are 21-6 in their last 27 vs. Metropolitan and 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win. The Blue Jackets are 3-10 in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 10-1 in their last 11 overall. The Islanders are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Columbus.
Can we really pick against the Blue Jackets with the way they're playing lately? I'll gladly take a red hot team on its home ice for the plus money.