Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 1/16/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets
Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Nationwide Arena)
CAR -140 O:U 5.5
The Carolina Hurricanes go to Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nationwide Arena. The Hurricanes are coming off of a loss to the Washington Capitals, snapping a three-game winning streak that the Hurricanes were on. The loss may have been unfortunate, but they lost to a great team and still should be looking at the positives as the Hurricanes have done well recently.
The Hurricanes are 27-17-2 on the season due to having one of the most balanced teams in the NHL. The Hurricanes find themselves in the top 12 in both offense and defense, and while they don't do anything better than all teams in the NHL, they are consistent in what they are good at.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are coming off a dominating shutout win over the Boston Bruins, defeating the Bruins 3-0.
The Blue Jackets are currently 23-16-8 on the season and are in the sixth spot in the Metropolitan Division. This month the Blue Jackets have been able to find goals, but they are also defending very well. If the Jackets do not let that skid get in their head, they can recover from a poor start to the season. However, Cam Atkinson is injured for this game and possibly longer, which can be huge for the Blue Jackets, the Blue Jackets have four players that are out or may be out for this game, which can change a lot in terms of practice.
Carolina is 21-25 ATS this season
Hurricanes are 4-1 in their last five games playing on two days rest.
Columbus is 26-21 ATS this season
Blue Jackets are 5-1 in their last six vs. a team with a winning record.
It is tough to predict this matchup. The Carolina Hurricanes are often a very balanced team that you really know much of what you're getting night in and night out. However, on the other hand, you have the hot and cold team of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who have proven, with their win over the Boston Bruins, that they can beat the best teams in the NHL, and then they can still lose to some of the worst teams. However, with the height of recent play for the Columbus Blue Jackets, I think that they win this game here. Final score prediction, Columbus Blue Jackets win 4-1.