Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/7/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/7/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (5-4-3) vs Carolina Hurricanes (6-2)

Game Info: Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +125 / Carolina Hurricanes -145 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Carolina Hurricanes and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in NHL action from the Nationwide Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The Carolina Hurricanes will look to bounce back from a 5-4 loss to Chicago in their last matchup. Andrei Svechnikov leads the Hurricanes in scoring with 9 points including 6 goals and 3 assists while Sebastian Aho has 8 points with a team-high 6 assists. Vincent Trocheck has 7 points with 5 goals and a pair of helpers and Jordan Staal and Dougie Hamilton have 6 points apiece with a combined 11 assists between the pair. Nino Niederreiter and Martin Necas each have 5 points with Niederreiter logging 4 goals while Necas has 4 assists. James Reimer’s started the bulk of the action lately with Petr Mrazek on the shelf with a thumb injury, but Reimer’s done well, posting a 4-1 record with a .900 save percentage and a 2.78 GAA this season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to build off of a 4-3 win over Dallas last time out. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 10 points including 4 goals and 6 assists while Alex Texier has 7 points with 4 goals and 3 assists. Boone Jenner and Eric Robinson each have 6 points with Jenner logging 3 goals and 3 assists while Robinson has 4 helpers this season. Nick Foligno, Mikhail Grigorenko and Cam Atkinson all have 5 points, with Foligno logging 3 goals and a pair of assists while Grigorenko and Atkinson each have 2 goals and 3 helpers this season. Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins continue to split goaltending duties, with Korpisalo going 3-2-2 with a .914 save % and a 2.86 GAA while Elvis is close in both regards with a 2-2-1 mark and a .913 save % with a 2.76 GAA.

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Carolina is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 6-2 in their last 8 games as a road favorite while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games. Columbus is 12-25 in their last 37 games overall and 3-7 in their last 10 games as an underdog while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. Carolina is 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

I get why the Hurricanes are favored here as they’ve been the better team up to this point in the season record-wise. However, the Blue Jackets have this certain grit about them, this physical style that negates the more finesse style that a lot of the young Hurricanes tend to play with. Plus you also have to figure that John Tortorella’s getting frustrated with his guys and that they’ve been going extra hard at practice lately. I’ll take a shot with the Blue Jackets and the plus money in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Columbus +125

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