Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Hurricanes vs Blue Jackets NHL Odds
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(0-0-0) Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (0-0-0)
Date: Friday, October 5th, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Hurricanes +130 / Blue Jackets -150
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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This match-up features the Carolina Hurricanes, who will play their second consecutive divisional game and the Columbus Blue Jackets, who will play their first divisional game of the new season. Both teams will be looking to make an early impression against each other, while also trying to send a message to the rest of the Metropolitan Division that they plan to compete for the divisional crown.
The Hurricanes missed the playoffs last year with a record of 36-35-11 and 83 points. They will most definitely need to see an improvement in the win column if they want to play in the post-season, and the best way to start the season will be to earn the full two points from a win.
Sebastian Aho was the point leader for the Hurricanes last season and ended the year with 65 points. He had 29 goals to lead his team and had 36 assists, which was second on the team. The Hurricanes will need a little more production from their right winger if they want to make it to the playoffs this year.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets ended last season with a bad taste in their mouth after leading a playoff series with the Washington Capitals two games to none and then losing four straight to be eliminated. They will look to earn their first division win of the 2018 season to show the Capitals that they will have fierce competition for the division this year.
Artemi Panarin was the leading goal scorer for the Blue Jackets last season. He also led the team in assists with 55 and was the overall point leader for the team with 82. This season the Blue Jackets must see a similar type performance from Panarin and he will be vital to their success.
NHL Betting Trends:
- CAR are 4-12 in their last 16 vs. Metropolitan.
- CAR are 4-9 in their last 13 games as an underdog.
- Home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Free Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Prediction:
The Blue Jackets have not played the Hurricanes since December of 2017 where they lost 1-2. Over the last eight meetings, the home team has won 75% of the time and that will fuel the Blue Jackets to win their home opener against a division rival.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: UNDER 5.5
It is worth noting that the total has gone under in seven consecutive meetings between these two division rivals.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Carolina 2 – Columbus 3
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