Columbus Blue Jackets (45-18-6) at New York Islanders (33-26-11)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 18, 2017, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Islanders +107 / Columbus Blue Jackets -118 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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NHL hockey comes to the Barclays Center when the Columbus Blue Jackets visit the New York Islanders.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are heading to the playoffs and would like as high a seed as possible. After Thursday’s 2-1 victory over the visiting Florida Panthers, the Blue Jackets have won six of eight and are just two points behind the Washington Capitals for the best record in the game. The CBJ overcame a 1-0 deficit on goals off the sticks of Josh Anderson and Zach Werenski with Anderson also logging a helper to support the 33 save performance of Sergei Bobrovsky for victory number 38 which is tops in the league. Jonathan Marchessault scored in the first for the Panthers with James Reimer absorbing the loss despite a solid 32 saves as Florida has dropped nine of eleven and are now seven points behind in the race for the second Wild Card.
I have grown accustomed to watching both the New York Islanders and the Winnipeg Jets look like world beaters and afterthoughts this season so the problem is figuring out which team shows up consistently which is no small feat. The Jets happened to be the team that Thursday as they took an early lead and cruised to a 4-2 victory over the Islanders at the Barclays Center. Bryan Little paced the Winnipeg offense with a pair of goals in the opening period with Adam Lowry and Mathieu Perrault also lighting the lamp. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 27 shots to pick up the win and help the Jets end a four game slide. Adam Pelech and Anders Lee tallied for the Islanders but Thomas Greiss was charged with all four goals on 28 shots.
The Blue Jackets are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Metropolitan and the Blue Jackets are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record while the Blue Jackets are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Islanders are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and the over is 7-1 in Islanders last 8 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game while the Islanders are 7-1 in their last 8 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. The over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in New York and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings while the home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
There has been plenty of scoring when these teams faceoff so my lean is over but picking an Islanders game has not been my forte’…