The New York Islanders and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in NHL action from the Nationwide Arena on Friday night.
The New York Islanders will look to build on a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers last time out. Mathew Barzal has 23 points with a team-high 21 assists while Brock Nelson has 20 points with a team-high 9 goals and 11 assists and Anders Lee has 19 points with 8 goals and 11 assists. Ilya Sorokin has gone 9-5 with a 2.20 GAA and a .934 save percentage while Semyon Varlamov is 4-3 with a 2.97 GAA and a .914 save percentage so far this season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Montreal last time out, now alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games. Johnny Gaudreau has a team-high 18 points with 7 goals and 11 assists while Boone Jenner has 14 points with a team-high 8 goals and Yegor Chinakhov has 10 points with 7 assists. Elvis Merzlikins has gone 2-5 with a 4.74 GAA and an .864 save percentage while Joonas Korpisalo is 3-3-1 with a 3.85 GAA and a .901 save percentage and Daniil Tarasov has gone 2-3 with a 3.46 GAA and an .906 save percentage in goal for Columbus this year.
New York is 11-4 in their last 15 games overall and 19-7 in their last 26 division games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record. Columbus is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 12-26 in their last 38 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 division games.
I get the case to be made for the Blue Jackets as a home underdog in certain spots, but the Islanders are just the better team here and they play that gritty style of hockey that’s hard for any team to compete with, let alone a struggling team like Columbus. I think the Islanders find a way to get it done here, so give me New York.