Islanders vs Blue Jackets Prediction - NHL Picks 10/28/23

Columbus Blue Jackets (3-2-2) vs New York Islanders (3-2-1)

Game Info: Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +125 / New York Islanders -150 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Islanders will play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. New York has lost three of their last four games, while Columbus has played in three straight overtime games. 

Islanders Preview

The New York Islanders are 3-2-1 this season after they defeated the Ottawa Senators by a score of 3-2 in their last game. New York scored the first two goals in this game, but it was tied at two in the third period, before Noah Dobson scored the game winning goal. The Islanders were out shot by a total of 47-38 and went 7-8 on the penalty kill in the win. New York had lost their previous three games against Colorado, Buffalo, and New Jersey. The New York Islanders are scoring 2.67 goals per game and they are allowing 3.17 goals against per game, while going 15% on the power play and 75% on the penalty kill. Noah Dobson has led the Islanders this season with two goals, five assists, and 18 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New York is Ilya Sorokin, who is 3-1-1 this year with a 2.80 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. 

Blue Jackets Preview

Th Columbus Blue Jackets are 3-2-2 this year after they lost to the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 4-3 in overtime in their last game. Columbus led 2-0 in the first period and 3-2 in the third period, but couldn’t finish the game and ended with the overtime loss. The Blue Jackets out shot Montreal by a total of 36-29 and went 2-4 on the power play in the game. Columbus went to overtime in their previous two games as well, winning against the Wild and losing against the Ducks. The Columbus Blue Jackets are scoring 2.86 goals per game and they are allowing 3.29 goals against per game, while going 20% on the power play and 80% on the penalty kill. Jack Roslovic has led the Blue Jackets this year with two goals, four assists, and 14 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Columbus is Elvis Merzlikins, who is 2-1-2 this season with a 2.93 goals against average and a .903 save percentage. 

Columbus Blue Jackets Team Facts

  • The Blue Jackets have won three of their last four games as home underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The Blue Jackets have covered the puck line in seven of their last eight games as home underdogs against the Islanders.
  • The Blue Jackets have lost the second period in six of their last seven games after coming off overtime.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Blue Jackets' last nine Saturday night games at Nationwide Arena.

New York Islanders Team Facts

  • The Islanders have lost three of their last four games as favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The Islanders have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last six games at Nationwide Arena following a home win.
  • The Islanders have lost the second period in each of their last four night games at Nationwide Arena following a win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in five of the Islanders' last six games against opponents on a losing streak.

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Prop Facts

  • Boone Jenner has scored a goal in three of his last four home appearances against the Islanders.
  • Patrik Laine has recorded at least one point in each of his last 10 Saturday night appearances at Nationwide Arena.
  • Ivan Provorov has recorded an assist in each of the Blue Jackets' last four games.
  • Emil Bemstrom has the most Power Play Goals for the Blue Jackets this season (3).

New York Islanders Player Prop Facts

  • Brock Nelson has scored at least one goal in four of the Islanders' last five night games at Nationwide Arena.
  • Mathew Barzal has recorded at least one point in each of his nine previous appearances with the Islanders as favorites against the Blue Jackets.
  • Mathew Barzal has recorded an assist in each of the Islanders' last four games.
  • Bo Horvat has the equal-most multi-point games for the Islanders this season (2).

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets ranks 7th in the league for opponent goals in Period 1 per game this season (0.57).
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets ranks 8th in the league for shots per game this season (33.3).
  • The New York Islanders ranks 28th in the league for shots against per game this season (34.7).
  • The New York Islanders ranks T5th in the league for opponent goals in Period 1 per game this season (0.50).

Pick

Both of these teams have had some losses recently, but New York did snap their three game losing streak last time out. The Islanders have lost three of their last four games and they have allowed 17 goals in those four games. Columbus has been to overtime in three straight games, losing to Montreal and Anaheim in their last two. New York needs to get back to their defensive style of hockey and Columbus is a great team to get back on track against, as they are scoring 2.86 goals per game. Take the under in this matchup. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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