New York Islanders vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 12/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Columbus Blue Jackets (16-14-6) at New York Islanders (23-8-3)
NHL Hockey: Monday, December 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders -173 / Columbus Blue Jackets +156 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders meet Monday in NHL action at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look for another win to build on a four-game winning streak. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Pierre-Luc Dubois leads Columbus with 12 goals, Seth Jones has 18 assists and Cam Atkinson has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 72 goals on 798 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 27 goals on 243 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.
The New York Islanders look for another win after winning seven of their last 11 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Mathew Barzal leads New York with 15 goals, Brock Nelson has 15 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 47 goals on 577 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 37 goals on 488 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed a combined 16 goals in their last three games.
The Blue Jackets are 5-0 in their last 5 Monday games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Islanders are 12-3 in their last 15 home games, 6-2 in their last 8 Monday games and 22-8 in their last 30 overall. The under is 14-6 in Blue Jackets last 20 vs. Metropolitan. The under is 10-3-1 in Islanders last 14 overall. The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in New York and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings. The favorite is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings. The home team is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.
We're getting big plus money with a team that's won four straight games and has been far and away more trustworthy defensively as of late. The New York Islanders have allowed 16 goals in their last three games and have clearly cooled off a bit after not being able to lose a game for about a month or so. The New York Islanders have had the upper hand in this series and the Blue Jackets don't have much recent road success, but based on current form over the last week, the Blue Jackets and the plus money is worth a shot.