New York Islanders at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/29/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/29/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (32-29-5) vs New York Islanders (28-27-9)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +119 / New York Islanders -147 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The New York Islanders come into this road contest with an overall record of 28-27-9. Through 64 games, the Islanders are 6th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 174 times, good for a rank of 26th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York Islanders is the 5th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.69 goals per game. So far, the Islanders have a strength of schedule rating of 29th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 20th ranked team in the NHL.

The Columbus Blue Jackets get set to host the New York Islanders Islanders with an overall record of 32-29-5. This mark places them 5th in the Metropolitan division. Through 66 games, the Blue Jackets have scored 216 goals, giving them an average of 3.21. This output gives them a rank of 11th among NHL teams. On defense, Columbus is the 30th ranked unit, giving up 3.7 goals per contest. So far, the Blue Jackets have played the 4th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Columbus's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 21st in the NHL.

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Through 55 games, the New York Islanders' goal and overall scoring leader is Brock Nelson, with 46 points. He has reached his mark of 31 goals, on a shooting percentage of 22.8%. So far, 26.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mathew Barzal, who has 30 assists to go along with his 12 goals. However, when on the ice, the Islanders are -6 in scoring differential. New York's top goalie is Ilya Sorokin, who is giving up an average of 2.3 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has turned in 31 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 47 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets' goal and overall scoring leader is Patrik Laine, with 49 points. He has reached his mark of 25 goals, on a shooting percentage of 18.2%. So far, 16.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Oliver Bjorkstrand, who has 26 assists to go along with his 23 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -26 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.39 goals per game. In his 44 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 45 percent of the time.

On the season, the Columbus Blue Jackets have a per-game scoring differential of -0.45. Things haven't gone any better at home, as they are losing home games by an average of -0.78 goals. As the Columbus Blue Jackets get set to take on the Islanders, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 1-4. During this stretch, they have scored 13 goals, accounting for 36.0% of the scoring in these contests. Look for New York to take advantage of playing a struggling Columbus unit, picking up the road win.

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Joe’s Pick Islanders -147

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