Islanders at Blue Jackets - 10/20/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (3-1-1) at Columbus Blue Jackets (0-6-0)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +113 / New York Islanders -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, FSOH
The New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Tuesday night at the Nationwide Arena.
The New York Islanders look to build on their fast start that includes three straight victories. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power plays. John Tavares leads New York with three goals, Kyle Okposo has four assists and Johnny Boychuk has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their power play chances. Thomas Greiss has allowed eight goals on 106 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has given up three goals on 25 shots. Greiss has allowed two or less goals in seven of his last 10 outings.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets could use a victory here after a brutal 0-6 start to the season. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 28.6 percent of their power plays. Boone Jenner leads Columbus with three goals, Nick Foligno has three assists and Brandon Saad has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 5.2 goals per game and are killing 66.7 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 23 goals on 139 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up four goals on 36 shots. Bobrovsky has given up at least four goals in all five outings this season.
The Islanders are 31-14 in their last 45 vs. a team with a losing record and 0-4 in their last 4 road games. The Blue Jackets are 8-0 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Islanders are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in Columbus and 3-7 in the last 10 meetings overall.
It's hard to back the Blue Jackets, as they have some serious defensive issues out of the gate and have allowed 10 goals in their last two games. It's ugly, folks. Give me the Islanders on the road and the small chalk.