Jackets Ride Home Ice to Victory vs. Islanders

Dana Lane

Friday, October 6, 2017 5:25 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 5:25 PM UTC

It's another day for hockey action and expert capper Dana Lane looks at the slate for the most valuable pick. This time he is going to focus on the Islanders game vs. Blue Jackets, read on and get your NHL picks ready!

You never have a great feeling when a bet pushes but there’s no denying it’s better than losing. My plus money wager on the Flyers 1st period ended up a 0-0 outcome so we get our money back and move on. Tonight will feature a little increase in our amount wagered. 

N.Y. Islanders vs Columbus Blue Jackets  

At Nationwide Arena in Columbus Ohio, the Columbus Blue Jackets will try to pick up where they left off last regular season while trying to erase the memory of their first-round loss to the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

There are some match-ups where you know a team has had their way with another and tonight is a great example. The Blue Jackets are 17-8-1-5 all-time against the New York Islanders including a 5-9-1-2 record at Nationwide. In a shorter sample, the home team has won four of their last five meetings. Overall, Columbus has won 29 of their last 41 home contests.

Aside from their historical success against the Islanders, you have to remember that Columbus will play three of their first four games against Metro Division opponents. When coming across an upcoming series of the important contest I tend to emphasize the first game knowing that teams will have an increased level of focus wanting to get off to a solid start to begin an important stretch of games even if it’s to start the year. I then get the question of “Don’t teams always want to win?” Of course, but you’ve also heard of players if not teams taking days off. I don’t want to be involved with a team that might have less motivation to be at their best.

Although the general public is on the Jackets it’s the ‘sharp’ bettors that seem to be all over the Islanders with the line being pushed down from an opening number of Columbus -156. The thinking here might be that the Blue Jackets will have four rookies in their line-up but guys like Pierre-Luc Dubois and Gabriel Carlsson won’t receive enough minutes make a major impact so they’re not really a factor in my handicapping. After getting drafted third overall in 2016 Dubois put up 55 points in 49 junior games along with a +17. You won’t look to Carlsson for offensive but he’s fantastic, stay at home defender who won’t be flashy but won’t hurt you as a third pairing D-man. I tend to think whatever minutes they receive will help, not hinder, our chance to cash a ticket.

Aside from some infusion of youth, Columbus features a top line that’s as good as anybody in the league now that Artemi Panarin will be joining Cam Atkinson and Alexander Wennberg. Panarin, who put up back to back 70 point seasons as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, has wicked shot along with enough hockey sense to understand when he should get the puck to a teammate. Atkinson is coming off his best season as a pro and pass first Wennberg should increase his point production again playing with elite line mates.

Shop for the best NHL odds because it’s all over the spectrum but I’m betting the Jackets continue their dominance over New York.


Free NHL Picks: Columbus Blue Jackets -135Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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