NHL Betting Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Islanders – Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
When: Tuesday March 26th at 7:00 PM ET
Money Line: Columbus -145
BookMaker has the Columbus Blue Jackets listed as -145 money line favorites over the New York Islanders. The Columbus Blue Jackets enter this game with a record of 41-30-4 and have lost three of their last five games, but are coming off a road win on Sunday against the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 5-0 which ended their three game losing streak.
The New York Islanders enter this game with a record of 44-25-7 and have won three of their last five games including two wins in a row and are coming off a home win against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday by a score of 2-0. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog New York Islanders.
New York Islanders
The Islanders are 44-25-7 overall and 21-13-3 on the road. The New York Islanders will be a playoff team this season and could win the Metropolitan division as they are only 1 point back of the Capitals for the division lead. New York is 44-25-7 overall, 21-13-3 on the road and 20-15-3 as an underdog this season.
Mathew Brazal leads the team in points and assists with 59 points and 42 assists. Anders Lee leads the team in goals with 27. Robin Lehner is 22-12-5 with a 928 save % and is allowing 2.17 goals per game this season.
New York is averaging 2.79 goals per game which ranks 21st in the NHL. They are averaging 28.42 shots per game which ranks 30th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.41 power play goals per game which is tied for 29th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.82 power play chances per game which ranks 22nd in the NHL.
The Islanders are allowing 2.42 goals per game which is the fewest in the NHL.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets are 41-30-4 overall and 20-16-2 at home. The Columbus Blue Jackets are in a three-way battle for the two wild-card spots with Carolina and Montreal, but if they playoffs started today they would be on the outside looking in as they are 2 points back on Montreal for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Columbus is 41-30-4 overall, 20-16-2 at home and 30-20-2 as a favorite this season.
Artemi Panarin leads the team in points and assists with 77 points and 52 assists. Cam Atkinson leads the team in goals with 38. Sergei Bobrovsky is 32-23-1 with a .910 save % and is allowing 2.67 goals per game this season.
Columbus is averaging 3.04 goals per game which ranks 13th in the NHL. They are averaging 31.43 shots per game which is tied for 16th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.41 power play goals per game which is tied for 29th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.73 power-play chances per game which ranks 25th in the NHL.
The Blue Jackets are allowing 2.91 goals per game which is tied for 12th in the NHL.
The Islanders get the win on the road
Both of these teams should be playoff teams this season and could make deeper runs this year as well. Columbus is 5-5 in their last ten match-ups with New York while outscoring the Islanders by an average of 3.20 to 2.30 in those games. The Islanders are 3-0 in their last three meetings with the Blue Jackets while outscoring Columbus by an average of 2.67 to 0.67 in those contests. I look for that trend to continue with an Islanders win on the road against the Blue Jackets in the game on Tuesday. Make sure to be this match-up on BookMaker.