Columbus Blue Jackets vs Carolina Hurricanes NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/25/21

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Carolina Hurricanes NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/25/21 Photo by Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (21-7-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (13-13-7)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +148 / Carolina Hurricanes -162 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Thursday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.

The Carolina Hurricanes look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 30.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Vincent Trocheck leads Carolina with 13 goals, Dougie Hamilton has 22 assists and Andrei Svechnikov has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Alex Nedeljkovic has allowed 22 goals on 316 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 46 goals on 503 shots.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 11 goals, Oliver Bjorkstrand has 16 assists and Seth Jones has 75 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 67 goals on 670 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 31 goals on 351 shots.

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The Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 9-3 in their last 12 overall. The Blue Jackets are 6-2 in their last 8 Thursday games and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The under is 5-0-3 in Hurricanes last 8 overall. The under is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 overall. The Hurricanes are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings. The underdog is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have had success against the Hurricanes this season and have won seven of the last 10 meetings overall. However, the Carolina Hurricanes are just tough team to bet against in their current form, as they've been firing on all cylinders for much of the season and have consistently strung together wins. In fact, the Hurricanes are currently the third most profitable team in the sport. I'll side with the Canes on the road and take the PL for max betting value.

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Randy’s Pick Carolina Hurricanes -1.5

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