New York Islanders at Columbus Blue Jackets
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 26, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Columbus Blue Jackets -141 / New York Islanders +120
The New York Islanders and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in NHL action from the Nationwide Arena on Tuesday night.
The New York Islanders will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 2-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes in their last outing. Jordan Eberle opened the scoring just 4:37 into the game for the Isles, and New York would hold on to that cushion throughout the rest of the first period, all of the 2nd and most of the 3rd before Brock Nelson doubled the lead with just over three minutes to go in the game. New York would hold on to blank the Coyotes, picking up a crucial two points in the playoff race. Robin Lehner got the win to improve his record to 22-12-6 on the year after stopping all 31 shots faced in the winning effort for his 5th shutout of the season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to build some momentum after earning a 5-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks in their last outing. Josh Anderson opened the scoring with the lone goal of the opening period before Pierre-Luc Dubois and Ryan Dzingel scored just over five minutes apart to give Columbus a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes of play. Oliver Bjorkstrand pushed the lead to 4-0 and Anderson would score his 2nd of the game just 3:22 later to make it the eventual 5-0 score line that the game finished with. Sergei Bobrovsky got the win to improve to 32-23-1 after stopping all 21 shots faced in the winning effort en route to his 7th shutout of the season.
New York is 19-9 in their last 28 division games and 8-3 in their last 11 games as a road underdog while the under is 24-7-2 in their last 33 games following a win. Columbus is 12-5 in their last 17 division games and 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against the Eastern Conference. New York is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Columbus.
The plus money with New York is tempting considering that the Isles are jostling with Washington for a division title and have been solid on the road. However, New York has had issues on the road against Columbus and the home team has won 9 of the last 12 meetings between the two sides. Columbus also needs to keep winning to keep their playoff hopes alive as the Blue Jackets are going side by side with Montreal for the 2nd wild card spot. I wouldn’t be surprised if New York won here, but I think the Blue Jackets have too much on the line to take this game lightly, so I’ll lay the juice with Columbus in this spot.