Islanders at Blue Jackets 3/26/19 - NHL Picks & Predictions
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New York Islanders vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL: 7:00 PM EST
Mar. 26, 2019
Latest Odds : CBJ -145 Total 5.5
The Islanders are sitting in sole possession of second place in the Metro Division, but the Islanders are only a single point back from the Capitals as they are heading into this game to face the Blue Jackets who are 5 points behind the Hurricanes in the standings. What is even worse for the Blue Jackets fans is the fact the team has struggled and is now 2 points out of the playoff position they had been holding onto most of the season.
The Islanders are coming into this game scoring only 2.74 goals a game. However, that has been enough goals to score on the year as the Islanders defense has given up only 2.36 goals a game on the season. With the power play the Islanders have converted at 14.5%, but the penalty kill for the Islanders is sitting at 80.6% on the season so far.
For the Blue Jackets the team had some struggles in their recent games, but the win against the Canucks definitely helped the Blue Jackets out quite a bit in regaining some confidence. However, the Blue Jackets are going to have to string together quite a few of these types of wins if they are going to be able to play at the same type of level as the playoff bound teams. Even with the trades the Blue Jackets have made they have had quite a few struggles with the new found talent.
The Blue Jackets offense will be tested in this game as they are only score 3.03 goals a game. The defense of the Blue Jackets is playing decent giving up only 2.89 goals per game. The Blue Jackets power play is dismal converting at only 15.1% on the season, but the penalty kill is sitting at 84.5% so far.
Recent Betting Trends:
Islanders are 8-3 in their last 11 games as a road underdog.
Blue Jackets are 23-5 in their last 28 games as a favorite of -201 or greater.
Under is 7-0 in Islanders last 7 games as a road underdog of +201 or greater.
Under is 6-0 in Blue Jackets last 6 games as a favorite.
Free Betting Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets -145
For the Blue Jackets they are coming home after blowing the Canucks out in the last game. However, the Blue Jackets are also coming into the game in a situation that is seeing them in the must win category if they want to make it back to playoff contention. Look for the Blue Jackets to be able to play the Islanders hard in this game and that will make a difference in this game here as the Blue Jackets keep the pressure around the net against an Islanders defense that has had some cracks show up recently. Final Score Prediction, Columbus Blue Jackets win 3-1.