New York Islanders vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Thursday, Las Vegas Odds, Picks, Predictions and NHL Sports Betting

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NY Islanders at Columbus, NHL Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG Plus (New York), FSN Ohio (Columbus)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Puck Line Money Line Total
1 New York Islanders +1½ -190 +156 Ov 6 +113
2 Columbus Blue Jackets -1½ +165 -173 Un 6 -125
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The New York Islanders and the Columbus Blue Jackets will meet on the ice at Nationwide Arena on Thursday in a battle of division rivals.

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (17-11-3): Josh Bailey’s goal-scoring drought reached 10 games on Wednesday, but the veteran notched two assists to maintain his team lead with 35 points – one better than captain John Tavares. Anders Lee, the linemate of Bailey and Tavares, netted both tallies in the loss to Dallas and leads New York with 19, leaving him one shy of his third 20-goal season. Veteran defenseman Johnny Boychuk (eight points, plus-6 rating) missed Monday’s victory over Washington with an undisclosed injury but returned the lineup against the Stars.

ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (19-11-1): Cam Atkinson (six goals) was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Saturday’s win against Arizona, but his point drought reached seven games. Oliver Bjorkstrand recorded a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s loss, giving him four points in as many contests and his first multi-point performance since Nov. 2. Artemi Panarin was kept off the scoresheet by Edmonton but leads the team with 26 points after posting 10 in his first five games this month.

Oddsmakers opened the Blue Jackets as -150-moneyline favorites versus the Islanders, while the game’s total opened at 6.

The Columbus Blue Jackets should be very focused for Thursday’s home game against the New York Islanders after what was perhaps their worst performance of the season last time out. Columbus coach John Tortorella apologized to the media about having nothing to say about Tuesday’s 7-2 setback against visiting Edmonton, the team’s third loss in five contests.

“We weren’t ready to go,” Columbus captain Nick Foligno told reporters after the defeat. “They fed it to us. A disappointing game. Sloppy, no execution. No nothing. We were sloppy with the puck. Every time we had it, we gave it back to them. It was a lack of focus tonight that we normally have.” In addition to the humbling defeat, the Blue Jackets lost Brandon Dubinsky for 6-8 weeks with a fractured orbital bone near his left eye after his fight with Edmonton’s Zack Kassian. The Islanders have lost four of their last five games after dropping a 5-2 decision to visiting Dallas on Wednesday, and they’ll enjoy five more contests at home after the quick trip to Columbus. New York has surrendered 29 goals in seven games this month and is 8-9-1 on the road, including three consecutive setbacks.

In their last action, Columbus was a 7-2 loser at home against the Oilers. Bettors on Edmonton at +152 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

New York lost its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Stars on December 13. Bettors who backed the Stars at +114 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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New York:
Team record: 17-11-3 SU
NY Islanders is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
NY Islanders is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 18 of NY Islanders’s last 24 games

Team record: 19-11-1 SU
Columbus is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus’s last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Columbus’s last 16 games

Next up:
New York home to Los Angeles Saturday, December 16
Columbus at Carolina Saturday, December 16

NHL Hockey Betting Tips

1. New York RW Cal Clutterbuck has recorded just two points in his last nine games but is just two away from 200 for his career.

2. The Blue Jackets have outscored the Islanders 15-2 in three straight wins, including a 5-0 triumph on Oct. 6.

3. Columbus G Sergei Bobrovsky, who was pulled on Tuesday, is 13-5-0 with a .928 save percentage in his career versus New York.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Columbus Blue Jackets will win outright at -173 and the game will stay under 6 goals according to

PREDICTION: Blue Jackets 4, Islanders 1 at .

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