Two of the least-penalized teams in the NHL, the Carolina Hurricanes and the Columbus Blue Jackets face off at Nationwide Arena for a divisional showdown. Fox Sports Ohio will showcase the action, which gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 10.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Odds
With a -155 moneyline, Columbus comes into the game as the noticeable favorite. The line for Carolina sits at +135 and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -110 money on the over and -110 on the under.
Netting moneyline bettors 0.7 units, the Blue Jackets are 9-7 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That winning percentage, the second-best in the Metropolitan Division in this young season, is a regression from the 50-32 record that the team managed during the 2016-17 season campaign. Through 16 regular season outings, nine of the team’s games have gone over the total, while seven have gone under and none have pushed. The team is 5-3 SU at home this year.
Columbus has converted on just 10.2 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s ranked 32nd overall in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all penalties.
Columbus, as a collective unit, has been penalized just 3.3 times per game overall this season, and 4.0 per game over its past five contests. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays for just 7.6 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, in total.
Averaging 28.3 saves per game with a .921 save percentage, Sergei Bobrovsky (8-4-1) has been the top option in goal for the Blue Jackets this season. If head coach John Tortorella chooses to give him a breather, however, the Jackets might turn to Joonas Korpisalo (1-3-3 record, .896 save percentage, 3.27 goals against average).
The Jackets will continue to rely on offensive production from Seth Jones and Artemi Panarin. Jones (12 points) has tallied three goals and nine assists and has recorded two or more points in three different games this year. Panarin has two goals and 10 assists to his credit and has notched a point in eight games.
On the other side of the ice, Carolina is 5-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. Through 13 regular season outings, seven of its games have gone over the total, while six have gone under and none have pushed. As an away team so far, Carolina is 3-4 SU.
Carolina has converted on just 13.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 29th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 25th overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.9 percent of all opponent power plays.
Carolina’s skaters have been penalized only 2.3 times per game this season. Last year, that number was at 2.7, which was the best mark in the league. After serving an average of 5.8 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 4.6 minutes per outing this year.
Scott Darling (24.4 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Carolina. Darling has four wins, six losses, and three OT losses to his credit, while registering a .910 save percentage and 2.35 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Hurricanes, the offense will be coordinated by Justin Williams (two goals, nine assists) and Jeff Skinner (seven goals, two assists).
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Blue Jackets, O/U – Under
The over has hit in four of Columbus’ last five games.
The Hurricanes are 3-6 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 4-8 when they’re in the box for fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
Columbus is 1-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Carolina is 1-2 in shootouts.
Columbus has created 8.4 takeaways per game (ranked 11th).
Columbus could have an advantage if it’s a close one late. The team’s 4-1 in games decided by one goal, while Carolina is 2-6 in such games.