Blue Jackets vs. Islanders - 2/9/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (27-18-6) at Columbus Blue Jackets (21-28-5)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +122 / New York Islanders -135 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, FSOH
The New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets square off Tuesday at the Nationwide Arena.
The New York Islanders look for some consistency after splitting their last 18 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring 18.8 percent of their power plays. Brock Nelson leads New York with 20 goals, John Tavares has 21 assists and Kyle Okposo has 125 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 86.8 percent of their power play chances. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 62 goals on 751 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 48 goals on 679 shots. Halak has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power plays. Brandon Saad leads Columbus with 19 goals, Scott Hartnell has 18 assists and Cam Atkinson has 139 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.1 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 67 goals on 753 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has given up 37 goals on 458 shots. Korpisalo has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Islanders are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 7-1 in their last 8 Tuesday games. The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Islanders are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings in Columbus and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Islanders are the better team here and have beaten the Blue Jackets in five of the last seven meetings. In fact, the Islanders have outscored the Blue Jackets 12-4 in the last three meetings. I'll take New York at the reasonable price.