Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets
|Date & Time||Friday March 15, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Columbus Blue Jackets -124 / Carolina Hurricanes +112
TVA, FS-Carolina, FS-Ohio
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in NHL action from the Nationwide Arena on Friday night.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Dougie Hamilton opened the scoring for the ‘Canes just after the midway point of the 2nd period. Andrei Svechnikov chipped in a pair of goals just over ten minutes apart in the 3rd period to add a pair of insurance markers for the Hurricanes. Petr Mrazek got the win to improve to 18-12-3 after stopping all 38 shots faced in the winning effort, picking up his 4th shutout of the season in the process.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to pick up some steam after a 7-4 win over Boston in their last outing. Boston opened the scoring four minutes into the game before Josh Anderson tied the game for Columbus and Ryan Dzingel put the Jackets in front. Boone Jenner added a 3rd to give the Jackets a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. Matt Duchene scored and Jenner chipped in his 2nd goal of the game just a minute apart to push the lead to 5-1 before Boston clawed back to 5-4 late in the 2nd. Zach Werenski restored the two-goal lead and Jenner completed his first career hat-trick to seal the victory for Columbus in the end. Sergei Bobrovsky got the win to improve to 30-22-1 after stopping 27 of 31 shots faced in the winning effort.
Carolina is 6-1 in their last 7 road games and 23-9 in their last 32 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Columbus is 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win and 4-10 in their last 14 Friday games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Carolina is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams in Columbus and the underdog is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
Columbus at home is a logical pick because the Blue Jackets are in a dogfight for the 2nd wild card spot and have lots of work to do to lock up playoff hockey in a couple of weeks. However, Carolina is doing some fighting of their own to stay in the wild card hunt as well as put some pressure on the rest of the teams in the Metropolitan division. When you look at how much success the underdog has had and how much success Carolina has had in Columbus, I think the Hurricanes and the plus money are a solid choice on Friday night.