Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Islanders - 3/10/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Islanders - 3/10/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Gaelen Morse-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (21-24-8) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (28-26-3)

Game Info: Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 7:30 pm (UBS Arena)

Betting Odds: New York Islanders -110 / Columbus Blue Jackets +240 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Islanders host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Thursday NHL Action.

The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this road contest with an overall record of 28-26-3. Through 57 games, the Blue Jackets are 5th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 190 times, good for a rank of 9th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Columbus is the 29th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.65 goals per game. So far, the Blue Jackets have a strength of schedule rating of 7th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 21st ranked team in the NHL.

The New York Islanders get set to host the Columbus Blue Jackets with an overall record of 21-24-8. This mark places them 6th in the Metropolitan division. Through 53 games, the Islanders have scored 137 goals, giving them an average of 2.57. This output gives them a rank of 31st among NHL teams. On defense, New York is the 4th ranked unit, giving up 2.77 goals per contest. So far, the Islanders have played the 31st toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account New York's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 22nd in the NHL.

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Through 57 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets goal and overall scoring leader is Boone Jenner with 44 points. He has reached his mark of 23 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.8%. So far, 35.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 40 assists to go along with his 3 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are --3 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.47 goals per game.

Through 53 games, New York's leading goal scorer is Brock Nelson. With his 21 goals and 10 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 31. On the season, he is turning 19.6% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Islanders have benefited from the strong play of Mathew Barzal, who is the team's overall leader in points. In New York's 53 games, he has come up with 12 goals on a shooting percentage of 10.6%. However, when on the ice, the Islanders are -4 in scoring differential. New York's top goalie is Ilya Sorokin, who is giving up an average of 2.38 goals per game. In his 37 games played, he has turned in 24 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Columbus's 57 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 36-19-2. So far, taking the over when the Blue Jackets are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 17-10.On the season, 72.0% of Columbus's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 49.0% of the scoring coming from the Blue Jackets. Coming into this game, the Islanders have an over-under record of 23-29. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 8-18. On the season, 43.0% of New York's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 44.0% of the scoring coming from the Islanders. With an over-under line sitting at 5.5 goals, look for this game to finish below that line as neither offense comes into this game playing well.

 

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