Nationwide Arena will be hosting a Metropolitan Division matchup as the Carolina Hurricanes travel to Ohio to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. The action will get underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 28, and fans at home can catch the game live on Fox Sports Ohio.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Odds
Columbus is 15-9 straight up (SU) and has netted 5.2 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, ranked fourth in the NHL in this young season, is right in line with the 50-32 record the team managed during the 2016-17 season campaign. Of its 24 regular season matches, 13 have gone under the total, while 10 have gone over and none have pushed. The team is 8-4 SU at home this year.
The Blue Jackets have converted on just 8.8 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s ranked 32nd overall in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 10th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 83.6 percent of all penalties.
The Blue Jackets, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 2.9 times per game overall this season, 2.6 per game over their last five games total, and 2.4 per game over their last five home outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays for just 5.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, overall.
With a .935 save percentage and 28.1 saves per game, Sergei Bobrovsky (14-6-1) has been the primary option in goal for Columbus this year. Bobrovsky did just play yesterday, however, so the team could opt to rest him and turn to Joonas Korpisalo instead (1-3-3 record, .896 save percentage, 3.27 goals against average).
Artemi Panarin and Oliver Bjorkstrand will each spearhead the attack for the Blue Jackets. Panarin (16 points) has tallied five goals and 11 assists and has recorded multiple points in two different games this year. Bjorkstrand has five goals and nine assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 13 games.
On the other bench, Carolina is 10-12 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 22 regular season outings, 13 of its games have gone over the total, while eight have gone under and just one has pushed. As the visiting team, the Hurricanes are 5-5 SU so far.
The Hurricanes have converted on just 15.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-five overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 23rd overall and it’s successfully killed off 77.4 percent of all penalties.
Carolina’s skaters have been penalized only 2.6 times per game this season, 3.0 per game over their past five games total, and 2.2 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The team has had to kill penalties just 6.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Scott Darling (24.1 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Carolina. Darling owns a 7-10-4 record, while registering a .901 save percentage and 2.71 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Hurricanes, the offense will be facilitated through Teuvo Teravainen (eight goals, 13 assists) and Sebastian Aho (five goals, 13 assists).
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Blue Jackets, O/U – Over
- Carolina is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Columbus is 2-1 in shootouts.
- The under has hit in four of Columbus last five outings.
- This game features two clubs that have pounded opponents goalies with shots. Carolina has attempted the leagues most shots on goal (35.8) while Columbus’s attempted the fourth-most (34.9).
- Over Carolina’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-2 in those games).