Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Islanders Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 3/22/2014
Sunday, March 23, 12:00 PM on FSOH, MSG+
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
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Columbus aims to stay afloat in their Eastern Conference playoff run with back to back games against the New York hockey teams. The Blue Jackets play the Rangers on Friday before the afternoon tilt with the Islanders on Sunday. The Islanders on the other hand are one of the four worst teams in the league but haven't been playing overly horrendous lately.
The Blue Jackets are 7-3 in their last 10 which has enabled them to move into 7th place in the Eastern Conference playoff push. Sundays game against the Islanders could have Columbus on tired skates as it will be their 6th in 10 days with two shootouts over that span. That being said the Blue Jackets have been solid on the road lately, winning 4 of their last 5.
One of the many reasons the Islanders have struggled this season is their inability to defend the home ice. New York is only 10-18-8 at home and actually has more road wins in 2013/14. Still the Islanders have a respectable 4 wins in their last 10 games and will have had 4 full days of rest before Sunday's game.
Columbus is hoping for a replay of the last time the teams met, a 5-2 beat down by the Blue Jackets. With the game tied 2-2 entering the 3rd period Columbus notched 3 goals in the final session to pay out backers of the -133 moneyline. The 5-2 final score was also more than enough to push the total over.
Columbus is 16-18 straight up on the road this season
Columbus is 17-15-2 against the over/under on the road this season
New York is 10-26 straight up at home this season
New York is 19-17-0 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
10/17/13 LW Cody Bass Thumb out indefinitely
03/06/14 D Ryan Murray Knee out for season
01/08/14 RW Jack Skille Abdominal out indefinitely
03/21/14 RW Kyle Okposo Lower Body questionable Sunday vs Columbus
03/18/14 D Brian Strait Hand injured last game, questionable Sunday vs Columbus
03/12/14 RW Michael Grabner Concussion out indefinitely
03/06/14 LW Eric Boulton Hand out indefinitely
02/27/14 C John Tavares Knee out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Columbus
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