Blue Jackets vs Islanders Prediction - NHL Picks 12/7/23

New York Islanders (10-7-7) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (8-14-5)

Game Info: Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 7:30 pm (UBS Arena)

Betting Odds: New York Islanders -189 / Columbus Blue Jackets +150 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders face off on Thursday night in an NHL showdown at UBS Arena. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Blue Jackets vs Islanders prediction.

Blue Jackets Look to Bounce Back from Overtime Defeat

The Blue Jackets last game came against the Los Angeles Kings and they were defeated 4-3 in overtime. Heading into the third period they were up 3-0, but they gave up three goals in the third period and then lost in overtime. Johnny Gaudreau scored a goal and added an assist. The Blue Jackets on the season are averaging 2.85 goals while their defense is giving up 3.37 goals per game. The offense is ranked 24th in the league and they are going to need the offense to find a way to get the offense going here. 

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Prop Facts

  • Johnny Gaudreau has recorded at least one point in 11 of his last 13 appearances against the Islanders.
  • Zach Werenski has recorded at least one assist in each of his last three appearances against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Boone Jenner has the most multi-goal games for the Blue Jackets this season (2).

Islanders Coming Off Overtime Loss

The Islanders are coming off an overtime loss and they have to be disappointed with how the last game ended. The Islanders faced off against the San Jose Sharks in the last game and they were defeated 5-4 in overtime. They were outscored 3-2 in the third period and the defense can’t let them down again. The Islanders overall are averaging 2.83 goals while their defense is givng up 3.21 goals per game. The offense is ranked 26th in the league and it was actually a positive sign they scored four goals in the last game. 

New York Islanders Player Prop Facts

  • Mathew Barzal has recorded at least one point in each of his last 11 Thursday appearances against Eastern Conference opponents at UBS Arena.
  • Adam Pelech has recorded an assist in five of his last six home appearances against the Blue Jackets after playing less than 20 minutes in the Islanders' last game.
  • Mathew Barzal has scored a goal in four of his last five home appearances against the Blue Jackets.
  • Bo Horvat ranks T1st in the Metropolitan Division for shootout goals (2) this season.

Blue Jackets vs Islanders Betting Prediction 

The Islanders scored four goals in the last game, but overall their offense has been an issue, and it’s going to be an issue again here. The Islanders overall are averaging 2.83 goals per game while the Islanders are averaging 2.85 goals per game. Both of the offenses are going to really struggle to get going and that is going to be the difference here as this game is going to stay under the total.

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

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