Islanders vs. Blue Jackets Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Blue Jackets are listed as a -140 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Islanders are a +120 underdog and the over-under is 5.5.
This will be the regular season opener for both teams. New York finished last year 41-29-12 and missed the playoffs by one point, while Columbus went 50-24-8 and lozt in five games to Pittsburgh in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The Blue Jackets won three of four meetings last season and the total went over three times.
Leading the Islanders last year were John Tavares (28 G, 38 A) and Josh Bailey (13 G, 43 A). Thomas Greiss went 26-18-5 in goal with a 2.69 GAA and .913 save percentage. Columbus was led in 2016-17 by Cam Atkinson (35 G, 27 A) and Alexander Wennberk (13 G, 46 A). Sergei Bobrovsky went 41-17-5 between the pipes with a 2.06 GAA and .931 save percentage.
The Blue Jackets rode Borovsky to a remarkable season last year and he's back in net to be one of the NHL's premier goaltenders once again. Columbus is the play here.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS -140