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New York vs Columbus: Islanders and Blue Jackets Battle in Brooklyn

New York vs Columbus: Islanders and Blue Jackets Battle in Brooklyn
Stumbling squads square off as New York hosts Columbus in National Hockey League action tonight. The Islanders sit third in the Metropolitan Division while the Blue Jackets have sole possession of the NHL basement. Both teams have struggled coming out of the Christmas break and as they head into the second half of the season. Game time is slated for 7:00 PM ET on January 12, 2016, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. We are backing the home team here.

New York Islanders: Look to get back to their winning ways

After running hot to open their season, New York was 18-8-5 back on December 13, the Islanders have been struggling recently. New York is just 4-7-0 over their last eleven games and they were outscored by a 24-5 margin during the seven losses. The Islanders closed out 2015 with wins over Toronto (6-3) and Buffalo (2-1) but they are 1-3 in the New Year as their win over Dallas (6-5) was offset by losses to Pittsburgh, Washington and Philadelphia by a 13-3 final count. With talents like John Tavares and Kyle Okposo – New York is better than the numbers they have posted recently.

Columbus Blue Jackets: Rare winning run in November is now a distant memory

It’s been a rocky first half for Columbus as the Blue Jackets are stuck in the NHL cellar. After they posted a 2-10-0 mark in October, Columbus appeared to be on the upswing as they went 8-5-0 in November. The winning didn’t last though as the Blue Jackets have posted a dismal 5-9-4 record over their last 18 games. With starter Sergei Bobrovsky re-sidelined with a groin injury, goaltending continues to be a huge issue as Columbus was outscored by a 31-23 margin during a recent 2-6-0 slide that includes back-to-back losses to Carolina. The Blue Jackets record matches their talent. 

Islanders vs Blue Jackets NHL Call: This is the third of five meetings between these Metropolitan Division rivals this season. New York won the first two matches by 4-0 and 3-2 (OT) scores in games that were both played in Columbus. Jaroslav Halak (22-10-8 GAA 2.21) faces Anton Forsberg (1-2-0 GAA 2.48) in the goaltending duel tonight. Halak has owned Columbus recently as he is 5-0-2 with a 2.22 GAA during his last seven battles with the Blue Jackets. Forsberg allowed six goals during his first career start versus the Islanders as New York cruised to a 6-3 win back on February 14, 2015. We see this as a solid opportunity for New York to fire up their currently sluggish offense. Back the Islanders with a ten-unit wager on the -195 money line price posted at SportsInteraction.

Update: Thomas Greiss (12-6-2 GAA 2.33) is starting in goal but we still like the Islanders here.

New York Islanders vs Columbus Blue Jackets – SportsInteraction NHL Betting Odds

New York Islanders vs Columbus Blue Jackets – Sportsinteraction NHL Betting Odds

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