Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 1/16/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 1/16/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (27-17-2) at Columbus Blue Jackets (23-16-8)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +113 / Carolina Hurricanes -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Thursday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.

The Carolina Hurricanes look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 23 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 34 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 168 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 77 goals on 816 shots and James Reimer has given up 43 goals on 517 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed a combined two goals in their last three games.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Pierre-Luc Dubois leads Columbus with 15 goals, Gustav Nyquist has 21 assists and Cam Atkinson has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 78 goals on 901 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 40 goals on 471 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed zero goals in their last two games.

The Hurricanes are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 44-20 in their last 64 games as a favorite and 3-7 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets are 6-1 in their last 7 games as an underdog, 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Hurricanes last 5 overall. The under is 9-2 in Blue Jackets last 11 overall. The Hurricanes are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Columbus and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The underdog is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Columbus and 18-6-2 in the last 26 meetings.

I don't understand why the Columbus Blue Jackets continue to get these prices, as they've done nothing but play quality defense and come away with some impressive victories. It makes no sense to me, especially when they're at home. The Columbus Blue Jackets have also won four of the last five meetings against the Carolina Hurricanes, so this line is even more confusing. Either way, I'm taking the plus money with the Blue Jackets and not thinking twice. 

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Randy’s Pick Columbus Blue Jackets +113

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