Carolina Hurricanes vs Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/20/21

Carolina Hurricanes vs Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/20/21 Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (12-12-7) at Carolina Hurricanes (20-7-2)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -189 / Columbus Blue Jackets +170 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes meet Saturday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 11 goals, Oliver Bjorkstrand has 16 assists and Seth Jones has 70 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 72.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 64 goals on 642 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 29 goals on 314 shots.

The Carolina Hurricanes look for a win after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 31.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Vincent Trocheck leads Carolina with 13 goals, Dougie Hamilton has 20 assists and Andrei Svechnikov has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Alex Nedeljkovic has allowed 22 goals on 297 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 44 goals on 472 shots.

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The Blue Jackets are 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 4-9 in their last 13 overall. The Hurricanes are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 8-2 in their last 10 overall. The under is 16-4-3 in Blue Jackets last 23 road games. The under is 3-0-3 in Hurricanes last 6 overall. The Blue Jackets are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The underdog is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have had some success against the Hurricanes this season, but they simply haven't been able to string together wins this season and have played some of their worst hockey on the road. The Carolina Hurricanes have been incredible in the favorite role dating back to last season and they have a clear edge at both ends of the ice in this matchup. Hard not to side with the Hurricanes, and I'll take the PL for added betting value.

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Randy’s Pick Carolina Hurricanes -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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