The Columbus Blue Jackets (8-15-5) travel to face off against the New York Islanders (10-8-7) on Thursday, December 7th. This game will be played at UBS Arena in Elmont and televised on BSOH. Both the Blue Jackets and Islanders will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 ET.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs New York Islanders
The Columbus Blue Jackets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Facing the Islanders, the Blue Jackets have a record of 8-15-5 so far. At home, their record is 6-8-2 and 2-7-3 on the road. This record has them sitting 8th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 15th in the Eastern conference. Columbus comes in with six wins with a margin of more than one goal this season and lost nine games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line performance is 17-10.
The Blue Jackets aim to bounce back following their 4-3 loss at home to the Kings. Looking at the Blue Jackets offense vs. the Kings, they managed to score one goal in the opening period and two times in the second period. Of Columbus’ three goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 27 shots on goal and two giveaways.
Despite the loss, Columbus did cover the puck line, as they went into the game as the underdog. The combined total of 7 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.
The New York Islanders Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Islanders have put together an overall record of 10-8-7. When playing on the road, New York has gone 6-4-2, while their home record stands at 4-4-5. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 4th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 9th. New York heads into the game with three wins by more than one goal, and lost six games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record this season is 11-13.
Coming off a 5-4 loss at home to the Sharks, the Islanders are hoping to bounce back today. In every single period, the Islanders’ offense scored a goal against the Sharks. Two of New York’s four goals came while in power play, while they scored one time when shorthanded. They finished the game with 39 shots on goal.
New York took a loss against the puck line, going into the game as the favorites with a -1.5-point advantage. With a combined total of 9 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 5.5 goals set for the game.
Columbus Offense Breakdown
The Blue Jackets come into the game scoring an average of 2.9 goals per game, putting them 17th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 7th in the league. Columbus’ offense is currently ranked 26th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 31st in the league.
So far, the Blue Jackets have an over/under record of 14-13-0. Coming into the game, they have played 14 games that went beyond the 6 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.3 goals per game.
New York Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game which is 28th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 26th in the league. New York’s offense comes into the game ranked 16th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 6th in the NHL.
This season, the over/under record for the Islanders’ is 13-10-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 13 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6. On average, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.
Columbus Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Blue Jackets’ defense is 10th in takeaways at 6.5 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.1 goals per game which is 2nd in the NHL.
New York Team Defense
New York defense takes on the Blue Jackets ranked 3rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 35.7 shots per game against New York. They alsso are 2nd in shutouts, with 4 shutouts.
Blue Jackets vs Islanders Trends
- Through their last ten road games, Columbus has an puck line record of just 7-3. However, their overall record was 1-9 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- In their last five home games, New York has averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 4-1 while going 5-0 vs. the spread.
- The Islanders have played well in their last five games as the betting underdog, going 4-1 straight up and 5-0 against the spread.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting favorite, the Blue Jackets have gone 1-4 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-4.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Blue Jackets to take down the Islanders on the road. With the moneyline currently at +161, I’m placing my bet on the Blue Jackets straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Blue Jackets winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Blue Jackets straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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