Columbus Blue Jackets (16-25-10) at Carolina Hurricanes (33-10-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -275 / Columbus Blue Jackets +243 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in NHL action from the PNC Arena on Saturday night.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to build on a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings in their last matchup. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 38 points including a team-high 15 goals and 23 assists while Cam Atkinson’s got 31 points with 14 goald and 17 assists and Jack Roslovic has 30 points with 20 assists this season. Seth Jones, Max Domi and Zach Werenski all have 20+ points with double-digit assists while Patrik Laine has 12 goals on the year for the Blue Jackets. As a team, Columbus is averaging 2.3 goals on 28.9 shots with a 14.7% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.3 goals on 32.1 shots with a 79.8% success rate on the PK this season.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to build on their 3-1 win over Detroit in their last matchup. Sebastian Aho leads the ‘Canes with 51 points including a team-high 21 goals and 30 assists while Dougie Hamilton and Vincent Trocheck each have 39 points with Hamilton logging a team-high 31 assists and Trocheck adding 17 goals and 22 assists. Jordan Staal, Martin Necas and Andrei Svechnikov all have 37 points with Nino Niederreiter has 32 points this season. As a team, Carolina is averaging 3.2 goals on 32.1 shots with a 27.2% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.4 goals on 28.4 shots with an 84.4% success rate on the PK this season.
Columbus is 16-38 in their last 54 games overall and 7-21 in their last 28 road games while the over is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games as an underdog. Carolina is 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 14-6 in their last 20 games following a win while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games overall. The under is 18-7-2 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams.
It looks like the ‘Canes finally exorcised some demons with their win over the Red Wings last time out and now have their sights set on the postseason. That’s bad news for a Columbus team that can’ get out of their own way in the loss department and just have a crazy ability to drop hockey games this season after showing so much promise and fight in the bubble last year. I just think that Carolina’s a team on a mission right now and I look for them to put the hammer down on Columbus. Give me Carolina -1.5 here.