The New York Islanders welcome a Columbus Blue Jackets team that is heavily weakened due to injury. Hopefully, that helps the Isles keep the puck out of the net.
Over the New York Islanders last three games they’ve allowed a combined 15 goals against. Eight came from the Nashville Predators and another five from the Anaheim Ducks. Two teams outside of the playoffs.
Coming to the Nassau Coliseum on Monday evening are the Columbus Blue Jackets who are also out of a playoff position. Barry Trotz will hope his team can figure out their defense this time around.
Thankfully, the Blue Jackets have a depleted lineup. Not only are they short on talent after that fere-agency exodus from this summer where Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Matt Duchene, and Ryan Dzingel left, but the Blue Jackets have significant losses due to injury.
They have six forward out with various injuries including Josh Anderson and Cam Atkinson. Both players combined for 68 goals last season. Not having them on the team as they roll into the Nassau Coliseum should help the Islanders keep the puck out of the net.
Assuming the Islanders goalies, who haven’t looked good over the last two home games, can stop a puck.
Tale of the Tape
If you’re looking to put some money on the game, the line favors the Islanders. Courtesy of the Action Network, the Islanders are a -165 at the time of writing. The Blue Jackets are the underdogs with a +145 money line for tonight’s game.