Columbus Blue Jackets (28-23-4) at New York Islanders (27-24-6)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 13, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Islanders -110 / Columbus Blue Jackets +100 --- Over/Under: 6
The Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Barclays Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 14 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Anderson leads Columbus with 17 goals, Artemi Panarin has 30 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 103 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 75.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 112 goals on 1,391 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 31 goals on 345 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The New York Islanders could also use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 29 goals, Josh Bailey has 46 assists and John Tavares has 182 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 73.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 118 goals on 1,289 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 84 goals on 729 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in each of their last seven games.
The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Islanders are 0-5 in their last 5 Tuesday games, 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in New York, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Neither of these teams are playing the type of hockey you want to get behind, and the defense has been downright awful on both sides. However, if forced to pick, I'd side with the Islanders on their home ice. The home team has controlled this series over the years and the Blue Jackets have been getting blasted on the road recently, allowing a combined 15 goals in their last four road contests. This is a say away game for me, but if forced to pick, I'd side with the New York Islanders at home.