Blue Jackets vs Islanders Hockey Prediction 3-31-16
NHL Starting Goalies 3-31-16 Columbus Blue Jackets vs New York Islanders Profitable Hockey Prediction and Winning NHL Pick. With complete analysis for daily hockey betting advice.
The Blue Jackets have lost their last four in a row, playing at home tonight after a tough 4-1 loss against Washington. The Islanders have been playing better, winning three of their last four, and they also have the upper hand in this series, winning the last four games against the Blue Jackets. The Islanders have been playing well at home all year, and are fighting for a playoff position. With New York’s knowledge of the importance of this game when it comes to that playoff nod, they’ll probably be playing as hard as they can against a Columbus team that has been struggling on the road.
The Islanders (41-25-4) currently have a four point lead over the Red Wings for the eighth spot for a playoff berth. They have six games remaining on the season, but it will be an uphill battle for some of them, and they’ll need to rack up as many points as possible to secure a playoff spot for themselves. Where they can really shine tonight against a visiting Columbus team is by utilizing the penalty kill, where they come in ranked 2nd in the league. Thomas Greiss will be in the goal tonight, who is 3-5 against the Blue Jackets in his career.
The Blue Jackets (30-38-4) have lost four games in a row, and have been severely outscored lately. Their last two games alone leave them beat out by a score of 9-2. With the second fewest points in the league at the moment, it could be a struggle for them to get many more points against a New York team that’s desperately trying to get to the playoffs. Defensively, they haven’t been much better, coming into this game 29th in goals allowed on the season. Sergei Bobrovsky is going to get the start in the goal tonight, so he’ll have to put a stop to the NY offense to break this losing streak, and spoil the Islanders’ playoff dreams for the night.
Starting Goaltenders Tonight
- Columbus Blue Jackets -> Sergei Bobrovsky (refer here for confirmation)
Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves Monday night but he and the Blue Jackets took a 4-1 loss to the Capitals in Washington. The Blue Jackets couldn’t get anything going offensively against the superior Capitals. Bobrovsky’s record fell to 13-18-1. his goals-against average is now 2.73 and his save percentage, .909
- New York Islanders -> Thomas Greiss (refer here for confirmation)
Thomas Greiss stopped 26 of 27 shots in a 2-1 shootout win over the Hurricanes. Greiss has flown under the radar as a terrific pickup for the Islanders this season. The win breaks a four game losing streak for German netminder. The win improves his record to 20-11-4 in 37 games this season
Columbus Blue Jackets vs New York Islanders Hockey Prediction 3-31-16
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