Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 11/4/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (2-6-2) at Columbus Blue Jackets (4-7-0)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -145 / Carolina Hurricanes +132 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSS, FSOH
The Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets play Tuesday night at the Nationwide Arena.
Don’t look now but the The Carolina Hurricanes have won two straight games to improve to 2-6-2 on the season. The Hurricanes defense has been the reason behind this success, as they’ve allowed just two goals in their last two games, which certainly beats the 3.3 goals they’re allowing on the season. The Carolina Hurricanes have not allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games and have won eight of their last 10 games when allowing two or less goals. Cam Ward has allowed 18 goals on 157 shots and Anton Khudobin has given up 13 goals on 119 shots faced. Offensively, Jiri Tlusty leads Carolina with six goals, Riley Nash has five assists and Victor Rask has 23 shots on goal. This is already the seventh road game for the Hurricanes.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost five straight games and are the most banged up hockey team in the league. The Blue Jackets defense has suffered the most during this stretch, allowing 21 goals in their last five games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed at least one power play goal in six straight games and have lost 10 of their last 12 games when allowing three or more goals. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 21 goals on 228 shots, Anton Forsberg has allowed three goals on 29 shots and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 11 goals on 78 shots. Offensively, the Blue Jackets have scored a power play goal in seven of their last eight games. Ryan Johansen and Cam Atkinson have combined for 10 goals, Nick Foligno has seven assists and Scott Hartnell has 42 shots on goal.
The Hurricanes are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-6 in their last 6 road games. The Blue Jackets are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Columbus and 2-8 in the last 10 meetings overall.
This matchup is like picking between two piles of poo and trying to figure out which one smells the less. The Blue Jackets are in a downward spiral and the Hurricanes have played their best hockey in their last two matchups. Give me Carolina and the plus money, but this is a game that the best bet would probably be staying away.