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Friday evening pucks and a pair of teams from the Metro Division will square off as the Carolina Hurricanes invade Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio to grapple with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Hurricanes are off a 3-0 road win over Colorado, while the Blue Jackets are off a 7-4 home win over the Bruins.
Mrazek Tops 38 In Blanking The Avs On The Road
The Carolina Hurricanes continue to play well as they look to end their nine-year playoff drought. They enter this game off a solid 3-0 road win over the Colorado Avalanche and coming up with the huge effort in the crease was Petr Mrazek, who stopped all 38 shots that he faced for his 4th shutout of the year and the 18th of his career. Mrazek is now 18-15 with a 2.53 GAA on the year. Curtis McElhinney is expected to get the start in this one and he has gone 17-10 with a 2.52 GAA on the year, including 8-5 with a 2.60 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 3-5 with a 3.00 GAA against the Blue Jackets.
— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) March 12, 2019
The Canes have now won seven of their last nine games and they Currently sit in the 7th slot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, but they have just a two-point lead over the Habe and Blue Jackets, who are tied for the 8th spot. Scoring in the win over the Avs was Dougie Hamilton, which was his 13th of the year and Andrei Svechnikov, who scored twice and now has 17 on the year. Carolina has gone 20-16 out on the road for the year and they have averaged 2.97 gpg and have allowed 2.81 gpg in those games. The Hurricanes check in ranked 20th in power play conversions at 17.4% and 7th in penalty kill at 81.9%.
Jackets Hang Sevn On The Bruins
The Columbus Blue Jackets had been struggling mightily at the offensive end of the ice, but that came to an end with a 7-4 home win over the Bruins in their last game. Prior to that game, the Jackets had averaged a paltry 1.89 gpg over their last nine games. The Blue Jackets need the win as they had lost five of their previous eight games. Columbus is currently tied with the Canadiens for the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference. Boston had a 1-0 lead just four minutes into the game, but Columbus had a 3-1 lead after the first period and never looked back. Scoring in the win was Josh Anderson (23rd), Ryan Dzingel (23rd), Boone Jenner (13th, 14th & 15th), Matt Duchene (29th), and Zach Werenski (10th).
"We're not going to be satisfied until we qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs."
Next step toward that goal is tonight's game.https://t.co/ues6AdPCMR
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) March 15, 2019
Grabbing the win against the Bruins was Sergei Bobrovsky, who stopped 27 of the 31 shots that he faced to improve to 30-23 with a 2.76 GAA on the year overall, including 15-13 with a 2.87 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 10-9 with a 2.21 GAA against the Hurricanes. Columbus has gone 19-18 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.19 gpg and have allowed 3.14 gpg in those games. The Blue Jackets enter this game ranked 27th in the league in power play conversions at 15.2% and 2nd in penalty kill at 84.8%.
- 11-5 in their last 16 vs. the Metropolitan
- The Under is 6-1 in their last 7 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation
- 21-55 in their last 76 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 17-37 in their last 54 games playing on 3 or more days rest
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Canes have been playing well of late, while the Blue Jackets have been inconsistent, but still, I feel that the Blue Jackets can take this one. They have not been great at home, but they are off a confidence-building 7-4 home win over the Bruins and I will look for them to ride the momentum from that win into another one in this one. Carolina is 3-7 in their last 10 games as an underdog of +110 to +150, while the Jackets are 5-2 in their last 7 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game. Take Columbus in this one.
Prediction: Columbus -130
Full-Game Total Pick
The Blue Jackets just played a high-scoring game in their win over the Bruins, but I see this one going the other way. Prior to their game against the Bruins, Columbus’ last nine games had averaged just 4.56 gpg. The Blue Jackets have scored just 2.40 gpg in their last 10 games, while the Canes have allowed just 2.60 gpg over the same stretch. The Canes have been hot on offense of late, but the Blue Jackets have allowed just 2.80 gpg over their last 10 games. The Under is 18-7-2 in the last 27 meetings overall, including 5-0-1 the last six meetings here in Columbus. Take the Under in this one.
Prediction: Under 6