#4 Carolinas Hurricanesvs.#3 Columbus Blue Jackets
Tuesday, January 1 2017, at 7:05pm EST
Written by David Hess
Columbus Blue Jackets (28-7-3-1 SU, 24-15 PL, 14-21-4 O/U) vs Carolina Hurricanes (18-15-3-4 SU, 24-16 PL, 15-18-7 O/U)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Where: PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina
Lines: Columbus -113/ Carolina +102
The Columbus Blue Jackets are one of the hottest teams in the league and they look to stay hot when they invade PNC Arena to battle the Carolina Hurricanes. The Blue Jackets have won 17 of their last 19 games and are off a 2-1 OT win at home against the Flyers, while the Hurricanes come in off a nice 4-3 home win over the Bruins in OT.
The Columbus Blue Jackets had a 16 games winning streak going and then they lost two games in a row. That is pretty normal as teams that have a lone winning or losing streak broken, usually duplicate that same result in the next game. The Blue Jackets then got back on track with a 2-1 home win over the Flyers in OT. They nearly let the game get away from them as they had a 1-0 until Philly scored with just 17 seconds left in regulation. The Blue Jackets then won the game in OT on a goal by Nick Foligno, halfway through the extra session. It was his 14th goal of the year. Also scoring in the win was David Savard, which was his b2nd of the year. The Jackets allowed 10 goals over their mini two-game slide, but had a very nice showing vs a struggling Philadelphia offense.
Grabbing the win vs the Flyers was Sergei Bobrovsky, who is now 26-8 with a 2.00 GAA on the year, including 11-5 with a 2.19 GAA on the road, while vs the Hurricanes in his career he has gone 6-5 with a 2.35 GAA. The Blue Jackets come into this game ranked 3rd in the league in scoring at 3.33 gpg, while also ranking 11th in shots taken (30.3 spg) and 1st in power play conversions, converting on 26.7% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they come in at 3rd in goals allowed, giving up 2.15 gpg, while also ranking 11th in shots allowed (29.8 spg) and 15th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 18.2% of their chances.
The Carolina Hurricanes have really struggled on the road this year, but here at home they have been strong. They come in off a 4-3 OT win over the Bruins here at home and have now gone 12-5 at PNC Arena on the year. That compares to going just 6-17 on the road. Like night and day. Overall, they have gone just 3-4 in their last seven games and are in 6th place in the Metro Division. Sebastian Aho had had a solid year for the Canes and he scored twice in the win over the Bruins, including the game-winner in OT. He now has 10 goals on the year. Also scoring in the win was Derek Ryan, which was his 7th of the year, and Jay McClement, which was his 4th of the year. The Hurricanes just need to play all their games at home and then they would be in the playoffs. LOL. They really do need to start learning to win on the road.
Snatching up the win vs the Bruins was Cam Ward, who is now 15-18 with a 2.28 GAA on the year, including 10-4 with a 1.99 GAA here at home, while vs the Blue Jackets in his career he has gone 4-5 with a 2.79 GAA. Carolina comes in ranked 20th in the league in scoring at 2.55 gpg, while also ranking 13th in shots taken (30.2 spg) and 16th in power play conversions, converting on 18.1% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been solid they come in ranked 11th in goals allowed, giving up 2.60 gpg, while also ranking 4th in shots allowed (27.2) and 2nd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 12.0% of their chances.
The Blue Jackets got back on track after a brief two-game slide, which followed their 16 game win streak. The Hurricane have not had a great year overall, but they have played well at home, especially Cam Ward, who has a 1.99 GAA here at home for the year so far. Sergei Bobrovsky has a 2.00 GAA on the year overall and a solid 2.19 GAA on the road. The Blue Jackets have a strong offense, but I feel that Ward will be able to keep them under wraps here, while Bobrovsky will keep a rather poor Carolina offense in check. Take the Under in this one.
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