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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Islanders - 10/6/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Islanders (0-0-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (0-0-0)

NHL Hockey: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -155 / New York Islanders +125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MSG+, FSOH

The New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Friday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.

The New York Islanders are coming off a 41-win season in which they just missed the playoffs and return coach Doug Weight for his first full season. The Islanders may be one of the more explosive offensive teams in the East due to a trio of John Tavares, Anders Lee and former Oiler Jordan Eberle. The Islanders were 10th in the league last season with an average of 2.91 goals per game, and when you throw in when you add rookie Joshua Ho-Sang and another season of Anthony Beauvillier, New York is a heavy loaded offensive club that is sure to put a lot of pressure on opposing goaltenders. The difference maker for the Islanders is their own goaltending, as Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss have to be more consistent in net if this is a team that’s going to make playoffs. There’s a lot of pressure on the Islanders this season in hopes of convincing Tavares to sign an extension. The New York Islanders have lost four of their last six regular season openers. 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Islanders - 10/6/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Columbus Blue Jackets hope to build on their winningest season in franchise history and make back-to-back playoff trips for the first time. The Blue Jackets had issues putting the puck in the back of the net when it mattered, so they brought in a playmaker in Artemi Panarin to go along with Alexander Wennberg, which should be an explosive duo. If youngster Oliver Bjorkstrand can put together his best season yet, Columbus will be a deep, balanced team nobody wants to play. However, the Blue Jackets will go as far as Sergei Bobrovsky carries them, as he’s fresh off a season in which he saved .932 percent of his shots faced and helped Columbus finish second in the league with an average of 2.35 goals allowed. Only the Washington Capitals had a lower goals allowed per game average than the Blue Jackets last season. The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost five of their last seven regular season openers.

The Islanders are 4-0 in their last 4 road games, 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 6-0 in their last 6 overall. The Blue Jackets are 7-0 in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 29-12 in their last 41 home games and 2-10 in their last 12 overall. The Islanders are 5-11 in the last 16 meetings in Columbus, the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

There's value with the Islanders here considering they've won six of the last nine meetings against the Blue Jackets, and they have an explosive top heavy offense that's going to put pressure on defenses. However, the difference is the defense and the goaltending, an edge the Blue Jackets have in this spot rather convincingly. Bobrovsky has proven to be one of the top players at his position, and he had a save percentage of .941 at home last season. I'll side with the home team in this spot. 

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