Money Line Pick
A key Metropolitan Divison clash takes to the ice at Nationwide Arena, as the Carolina Hurricanes finish off their two-game road trip. The Columbus Blue Jackets have shutout their last two opponents, to give themselves four wins in their last five games. Carolina couldn’t take down the Capitals in their previous game, which snapped the Hurricanes’ three-game winning streak. The Blue Jackets have fared far better than the Hurricanes in recent head-to-head meetings, as Columbus is 4-1 in the last five. In what is the third meeting of the season, a win will help bolster either team in the standings, but the Hurricanes are in a must-win situation, as a loss would be their fourth straight against the Blue Jackets. Columbus at home is the right pick in this all-important game.
Over Under Pick
One thing that stands out in recent games for both the Hurricanes and Blue Jackets is the number of shutouts in each of Carolina’s last three games, and Columbus’ last two. The Hurricanes’ run of shutouts was snapped with a loss against Washington in their last game. That loss saw Carolina be unable to put the puck in the net. The Blue Jackets’ last two games both resulted in 3-0 shutouts for Columbus. Each of which came against a pair of teams that have been known to score goals at a high rate. That makes for a very interesting situation for this match-up. Taking the under 5.5 holds more value as Columbus has averaged less than three goals all season.