Columbus travels to Carolina for this NHL matchup and they will have a lot to do in this game to come away with a win as they face a Carolina team who suffered their first loss in 6 games in overtime last time out to the Florida Panthers.
Carolina has been on fire at home going 11-4, compared to Columbus’s dismal road record which is sitting at 5-11, the second-worst in the Western conference behind Montreal.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Thursday, January 13, 2022 – 7:00 PM EST at PNC Arena
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets have had a bog-standard season to date, sitting in 10th of 16 teams in the Western Conference. Although they are just one place away from a playoff spot in their division, it's unlikely they will get into the playoffs as they are currently 14 points behind the nearest team ahead of them, Pittsburgh Penguins.
It also doesn’t help that they have allowed the second-most goals in their division. This is going to be a difficult game for them to pick up a win. The two meetings between these teams this season has seen the Canes win on both occasions by an aggregate score of 12-5.
Carolina Hurricanes Looking Strong
The Hurricanes have pretty much dominated the Metropolitan Division this season, although they are just one point ahead of the Washington Capitals and level on points with the New York Rangers, they have played four games less than both those teams.
At +900 the Hurricanes could be worth a bet to life the Stanley Cup as they are most likely going to make the playoffs in the top spot and might have an easier team to face in their first round of the playoffs. Coming off that loss to the Panthers will hurt the Hurricanes as they do want to prove themselves against the best teams in the league.
The Hurricanes' most important strength is their number one ranked defense, they have only conceded 73 goals, which is the lowest in the entire NHL. In contrast, just four teams in the entire league have seen under 90 goals allowed and none have allowed less than 80.
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Columbus Blue Jackets
- The total has gone over in 7 of Columbus' last 9 games.
- Columbus is 1-8 in their last 9 games on the road.
- The total has gone under in 8 of Columbus' last 10 games when playing on the road against Carolina.
- The total has gone over in 5 of Carolina's last 6 games.
- Carolina is 9-2 in their last 11 games this season.
- The total has gone under in 13 of Carolina's last 20 games against Columbus.
What Are the Betting Odds and Current Lines?
Money line: The Blue Jackets on the road are as high as +197 on the money line in this spot, which seems about right. If you wish to take the Hurricanes on the money line you will have to lay -220.
Total: The total for tonight’s game opened up at 5.5 but has since moved up to 6.0 with the juice towards the over at -115. The under is currently coming in at +104 with Everygame (visit our Everygame Review)
Puck Line: This is one of the lowest odds puck lines we have seen all season as the Blue Jackets +1.5 are coming in at -115 with the best online sportsbooks. If you are looking at the Hurricanes to cover the spread, they are as low as -102, which is low considering most minus -1.5 puck lines are at least +150.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes Betting Prediction
This is an amazing spot for the Hurricanes who are coming into this game having had an extra three days’ rest on the Blue Jackets, are clearly the better team both home and away, boast the strongest defense in the league, and are coming off a disappointing road loss to Florida.
If there was ever a puck line bet to cover the spread on tonight’s NHL card, we believe this is it. For your NHL picks, take Carolina to get the job done on home ice and beat these Blue Jackets by at least two goals.
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