Nationwide Arena will play host to a Metropolitan Division matchup as the Carolina Hurricanes come into town to face the Columbus Blue Jackets. The match gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 10, and it is being televised live on Fox Sports Ohio.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Odds
Columbus (-155) is currently favored over Carolina (+135), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -110 for the over and -110 for the under.
Columbus is 9-7 straight up (SU) and has netted 0.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, the second-best in the Metropolitan Division in this young season, is a regression from the 50-32 record that the team posted during the 2016-17 season campaign. Among the team’s 16 games this season, nine have gone over the total, while seven have gone under and none have pushed. This season, the team is 5-3 SU at home.
The Blue Jackets have converted on just 10.2 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, the Blue Jackets have been penalized just 3.3 times per game overall this season, and 4.0 per game over their last five outings. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 7.6 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.
Boasting a .921 save percentage and 28.3 saves per game, Sergei Bobrovsky (8-4-1) has been the best option in goal for Columbus this season. If head coach John Tortorella decides to rest him, however, the team may turn to Joonas Korpisalo (1-3-3 record, .896 save percentage, 3.27 goals against average).
The Jackets will continue looking for offensive production from Seth Jones and Artemi Panarin. Jones (12 points) has tallied three goals and nine assists and has recorded two or more points on three separate occasions this year. Panarin has two goals and 10 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in eight contests.
On the other side of the rink, Carolina is 5-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of seven of its outings have gone over the total, while six have gone under and none have pushed. The Hurricanes are 3-4 SU as the road team this season.
The Hurricanes have converted on just 13.3 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 29th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 25th overall and it’s successfully defended 76.9 percent of all opponent power plays.
Carolina’s players have been called for penalties only 2.3 times per game this season. Last year, that number was at 2.7, which was the lowest mark in the league. After serving an average of 5.8 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team’s had to stave off opponent power plays for 4.6 minutes per outing this year.
Scott Darling (24.4 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Carolina. Darling has four wins, six losses, and three OT losses to his credit, while registering a .910 save percentage and 2.35 goals against average this year.
Justin Williams (two goals, nine assists) has been one of the top offensive facilitators for the visiting Hurricanes.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Blue Jackets, O/U – Under
- Seven of Columbus’ last ten games have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 2-5 overall in those games.
- The Hurricanes are 3-6 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 4-8 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
- Carolina is 1-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Columbus is 1-1 in shootouts.
- Columbus could hold the upper hand if this one comes down to the wire. The team’s 4-1 in games decided by one goal, while Carolina is 2-6 in such games.
- The total has gone over in four of Columbus’ last five outings.
- Columbus has allowed 2.9 goals per game this year, but has given up 4.3 goals per matchup on its three-game losing skid.
- Columbus skaters have averaged 6.0 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 5.4 giveaways per game (the 2nd-fewest in the NHL).