The Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes meet Friday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look for another victory after winning six of their last seven games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 13.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 24 goals, Artemi Panarin has 31 assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 76 goals on 847 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 39 goals on 335 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 10 games.
The Carolina Hurricanes could use a win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 15 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 21 assists and Justin Williams has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Curtis McElhinney has given up 31 goals on 407 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed 41 goals on 413 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in each of their last six games.
The Blue Jackets are 4-0 in their last 4 road games, 17-5 in their last 22 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 6-1 in their last 7 overall. The Hurricanes are 6-13 in their last 19 games playing on 0 days rest, 2-7 in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-10 in their last 14 overall. The under is 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings. The under is 8-3 in Blue Jackets last 11 overall. The under is 24-9 in Hurricanes last 33 overall.
The under has been a strong trend for both the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes the last few weeks, and the under has been an even stronger trend overall when these two teams meet. In fact, the last nine meetings between the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes have produced no more than five combined goals. Sometimes trends are so strong that you just blindly support it. I'll side with the under 5.5 goals in this contest.