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Cannon Ball, Gm 16: Islanders vs. Blue Jackets, Line Combos, Betting Odds & More



New York Islanders, Johnny Gaudreau, John Tavares
Newly acquired Johnny Gaudreau at his Columbus Blue Jackets introduction press conference (Photo-via Columbus Blue Jackets Twitter)

The New York Islanders (9-6-0) are back in action Saturday night as they host the injury-riddled Columbus Blue Jackets (4-9-0). Puck drop is slated for 7:30 PM at UBS Arena.

The New York Islanders were on the ice Saturday morning for an optional skate. There were a handful of players not in attendance, including Anders Lee, Oliver Wahlstrom, Josh Bailey and Casey Cizikas.

On the ice was Cal Clutterbuck, who did not skate on Friday after leaving Thursday’s contest after the first period with an undisclosed injury.

Ilya Sorokin (6-5-0, .936 SV%, 2.09 GAA, 1 SO) was the first goaltender off the ice as he will make his 11th start of the season.

Head coach Lane Lambert shared following the skate that everyone was available.

The Columbus Blue Jackets enter the contest after a 5-2 beatdown of the Philadelphia Flyers but are still a team struggling mightily in 2022-23, as they sit in last place in the NHL. That win snapped a five-game skid as they are 2-6-2 over their last 10 games. They are 1-4-0 on the road this season.

To make matters worse for Columbus, here is an injury update courtesy of The Hockey Writers’ Mark Scheig.

“I mean, they still have a lot of talent there. I mean their first line can hurt you pretty good. And obviously, they have some young guys that have a lot of skill and are still a pretty good team,” New York Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier said. “I mean, at the end of the day, I think we got to focus on what we’re going to do tonight, and that’s following the system and, you know, playing hard on them, being physical and putting pucks behind their defenseman.

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Brad Larsen did say that Joonas Korpisalo would start against the New York Islanders. He’s 1-1-0, with a 3.50 GAA and a .911 SV%.

Tonight marks the first time that Johnny Gaudreau faces the New York Islanders as a member of the Blue Jackets. This summer, rumors swirled about him possibly joining the New York Islanders, but we do not believe they were as close as a team like the New Jersey Devils.

Gaudreau’s new team has struggled mightily, but as expected, he’s played well with six goals and six assists in 13 games.


Josh Bailey— Mathew Barzal — Oliver Wahlstrom

Zach Parise — Brock Nelson — Kyle Palmieri

Anthony Beauvillier — Jean-Gabriel Pageau — Josh Bailey

Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Ross Johnston

Adam Pelech— Ryan Pulock

Alexander Romanov — Noah Dobson

Sebastian Aho — Scott Mayfield

Ilya Sorokin

Semyon Varlamov


Johnny Gaudreau — Boone Jenner — Patrik Laine

Gustav Nyquist — Jack Roslovic — Emil Bemstrom

Eric Robinson — Cole Sillinger — Yegor Chinakhov

Liam Foudy — Brendan Gaunce — Mathieu Olivier

Vladislav Gavrikov — Andrew Peeke

Jake Bean — Jake Christiansen

Gavin Bayreuther — Marcus Bjork

Joonas Korpisalo

Elvis Merzlikins


Do you think the New York Islanders will beat the Columbus Blue Jackets? You can get the Islanders at -230, +105 on the puck line. The Blue Jackets come in at +195, -125 on the reverse puck line

The over for the contest is 6 at -105, with the under at -115.

Head over to DraftKings to place your bets now!


Saturday’s contest will be available on MSGSN. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU, and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.