Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Islanders versus the Blue Jackets? The puck drops at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH. In this division matchup, the Islanders are favored by -1.5 against the Blue Jackets. The over/under for the game is 6 goals.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS VS COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets +1.5

This game will be played at Nationwide Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, April 4th.

WHY BET THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:

  • Even though they are 1.5 goal underdogs, we see the Blue Jackets winning this game by a score of 4-3.
  • We like the Blue Jackets on the moneyline (+151)
  • The Blue Jackets are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Can New York Deliver Being Favored on the Road?

Heading into tonight’s game, the Islanders are 10th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the Metropolitan Division. Their overall record is 33-27-15, and they have 81 points. In the Eastern Conference, they have gone 20-24, and within the Metropolitan Division, they are 9-12.

On the road this season, the Islanders have gone 16-17-5, and they have won two straight games. As the favorite, they have gone 16-13-6 this season and have been favored in 35 of their 75 games.

On the year, the Islanders have been the favorite in 35 games and have a puck line record of 36-39. Their average scoring margin for the season sits at -.4 goals per game.

So far, the Islanders have 14 wins by multiple goals and have gone 21-17 against the puck line on the road. In their last ten games, the team’s puck line record is just 3-7.

Games involving New York have an average of 6.3 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6. In terms of their over/under performance, the Islanders come in with a record of 40-31-4.

When looking at their past three road matchups, New York has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

On offense, the Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game which is 23rd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 18th in the league. In terms of the Islanders’ offense during power plays, they are 21st in power play goals and 8th in shorthanded goals.

The leading scorer for New York’s offense is Bo Horvat. Coming into the game he has 31 goals, ranking 26th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 34 assists so far.

Defensively, the Blue Jackets come into the season ranked 1st in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 33.8 shots per game against Columbus. For the season, they are ranked 31st in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Columbus, goalie Ilya Sorokin has started 52 games in this season. His current record is 23-19, and his save percentage stands at 1.0%.

Can the Blue Jackets Offense Score Enough at Home?

At home this season, the Blue Jackets have a record of 15-18-5. In the Eastern Conference, Columbus is 16th and 8th in the Metropolitan Division. Overall, their record is 25-38-12, and they have won two straight games.

As the underdog, the Blue Jackets have gone 21-36-11 this season. Over their last ten games, Columbus has a record of 3-7. In the Eastern Conference, they have gone 11-33 this season.

As the underdog, the Blue Jackets have a puck line record of 40-28 this season, and their average scoring margin as the underdog is at -0.9 goals per game. So far, Columbus has 30 losses by multiple goals compared to just 20 losses by one goal.

At home, the Blue Jackets have a puck line record of 22-16, and their average scoring differential per game is at -0.4 goals. In their last ten home games, Columbus has gone 8-2 against the puck line.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Columbus is 6.5. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.5. The Blue Jackets come in with an over/under record of 35-36-4.

New York has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

On offense, the Blue Jackets are averaging 2.9 goals per game which is 25th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 20th in the league. This season, the Blue Jackets have a 9-11 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 15-26 record.

Columbus’ leading goal scorer is Boone Jenner. So far this season, he has 22 goals, placing him 93rd in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 13 assists so far.

In terms of defense, the Blue Jackets head into the game ranked 1st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 33.8 shots per game against Columbus. So far, they are 31st in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.

Goalie Daniil Tarasov gets the start and has made 22 starts this season. His record at this point is 8-11, and his save percentage is 0.616%.