Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Hurricanes vs Blue Jackets NHL Odds
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(21-15-7) Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (29-9-4)
Date: Tuesday, January 17th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
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The Carolina Hurricanes, winners of their last four, travel to Central Ohio to take on the mighty Columbus Blue Jackets.
Thanks to a recent offensive surge, the Hurricanes have scored 21 goals over their last four games to notch four consecutive victories. With those wins, the Hurricanes now occupy the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot.
Led by Jeff Skinner’s 35 points, the Hurricanes enter this contest 11th in goals and 9th in shots on goal per game. Carolina is sustaining consistent pressure, and it’s finally starting to pay off.
Veteran net minder Cam Ward has been a Carolina staple for nearly a decade, and his longevity has also been key to the Hurricanes’ success thus far.
Assuming he gets the nod in this one, he’ll have made his 20th consecutive start. The former first-round pick in 2002 is 18-12-6 with a save percentage of .915 and an impressive GAA of 2.34.
Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, they’ve struggled badly on both the road and within the division. That could pose a problem as they travel to face the Metropolitan Division’s best team in the Blue Jackets.
Columbus Blue Jackets
After winning a league-high 16 games in a row, the Blue Jackets have managed to win just two of their last six games and are no longer the best team in the East. The goaltending can be the blame for their recent struggles, as the Blue Jackets have given up at least four goals in four of those six games.
The offense is still there for Columbus, who ranks 3rd in goals and 1st on the power play. That’s never been the issue.
Head coach John Tortorella has seen his team drastically improve in his first full season, and there’s no reason to think they can’t run the table the rest of the way.
The Blue Jackets have an incredible home record of 16-4-1 and are 6-3 against divisional foes. That bodes well for them in this one, as they welcome a Carolina squad that struggles on the road and within the division.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Hurricanes are 6-11-6 on the road.
- Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last 4 games.
- Blue Jackets are 16-4-1 at home.
- Blue Jackets are 9-1 in their last 10 home games.
Free Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Hockey Prediction:
The Hurricanes are playing some of their best hockey of the season, but they’ll be in for a true test against one of the NHL’s most efficient home teams. Hopefully the books take Carolina’s recent success into consideration so bettors can get a decent number here, otherwise it could be bloated with the Jackets.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Columbus ML
I’ll take the team that’s 9-1 in its last 10 home games. Side with Columbus.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Columbus 4 – Carolina 2
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