Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets Free Preview 1/16/20

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Teuvo Teravainen, Andrei Svechnikov, and the Carolina Hurricanes will face off against Pierre-Luc Dubois, Gustav Nyquist, and the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena for a Metropolitan Division showdown. Fox Sports Ohio will showcase the matchup, and the puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16.

Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets Odds

Columbus (+110) is currently the underdog to Carolina (-130), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-120 for the under, +100 for the over).

Carolina is 27-19 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 46 regular season contests, 25 of its games have gone under the total, while 21 have gone over and none have pushed. The Canes are 12-11 SU on the road in 2019-20.

Carolina has converted on 22.1 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for ninth-best in the league. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.4 percent of its penalties..

With a .906 save percentage and 24.6 saves per game, Petr Mrazek (17-13-2) has been the best option in goal for Carolina this season. If Carolina decides to rest him, however, they could roll with James Reimer (10-8 record, .917 save percentage, 2.60 goals against average).

Columbus is 23-24 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.8 units this season. Through 47 regular season outings, 29 of its games have gone under the total, while 17 have gone over and just one has pushed. The team’s 13-11 SU at home this year.

The Blue Jackets have converted on just 17.7 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all penalties.

Joonas Korpisalo has stopped 25.7 shots per game as the primary netminder in goal for the Blue Jackets. Korpisalo has 17 wins, 15 losses, and five OT losses to his credit and has registered a .913 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average this year.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • The Blue Jackets are 0-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Hurricanes are 2-0 in shootouts.
  • The under has hit in four of Carolina’s last five games.
  • Five of Columbus’ last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 4-1 overall in those games.
  • Carolina skaters registered 26.7 hits per game last season, while the Jackets forced 23.0 hits per contest.