Blue Jackets vs. Hurricanes - 3/24/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (31-28-14) at Columbus Blue Jackets (30-35-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets / Carolina Hurricanes --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSS, FSOH
The Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Thursday night at the Nationwide Arena.
The Carolina Hurricanes could use a win in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power plays. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 25 goals, Jordan Staal has 24 assists and Victor Rask has 138 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 111 goals on 1,193 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 75 goals on 788 shots. Ward has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets also need a win after losing six of their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.4 percent of their power plays. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 26 goals, Boone Jenner has 17 assists and Brandon Saad has 202 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 82 goals on 906 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has given up 68 goals on 830 shots. Bobrovsky has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Hurricanes are 3-8 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 road games. The Blue Jackets are 8-2 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win. The Hurricanes are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Columbus and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Hurricanes are in bad form right now, which includes four straight losses on the road. So, while Carolina has had the Blue Jackets number as of late, you have to like the home team in this matchup as more of a fade from the Hurricanes.