New York Islanders vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/3/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (27-20-4) at New York Islanders (25-22-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: New York Islanders / Columbus Blue Jackets --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, MSG+
The Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders meet Saturday in NHL action at the Barclays Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Anderson leads Columbus with 15 goals, Artemi Panarin has 28 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 77.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 101 goals on 1,286 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 27 goals on 307 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 11 games.
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The New York Islanders need a victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 27 goals, Josh Bailey has 43 assists and John Tavares has 163 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 73.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 102 goals on 1,122 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 79 goals on 697 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 13 games.
The Blue Jackets are 3-7 in their last 10 vs. a team with a losing record and 3-8 in their last 11 road games. The Islanders are 12-1 in their last 13 Saturday games, 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Blue Jackets are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in New York, 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Neither one of these teams are playing at that well right now, so I'll side with the New York Islanders who are at home and not on the end of a back to back. Besides, the Columbus Blue Jackets haven't taken advantage against poor teams this season and their struggles on the road continue. The home team has also won seven of the last nine meetings between the Blue Jackets and Islanders. Give me the home team here.