Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes - 3/20/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes - 3/20/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (20-7-2) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (12-12-7)

Game Info: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)

Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -189 / Columbus Blue Jackets +170 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in NHL action from the PNC Arena on Saturday night.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will be looking to build on their 3-2 overtime win over the Hurricanes in their last matchup. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus in scoring with 26 points including a team-high 16 assists along with 10 goals while Cam Atkinson has a team-high 11 goals as part of his 21-point tally this season. As a team, Columbus is averaging 2.6 goals per game on 29 shots per game with a 16% success rate on the PP while allowing 3.2 goals per game on 31.2 shots against per game with a 72.9% kill rate on the PK this season.

The Carolina Hurricanes will try to rebound from their loss to the Blue Jackets last time out. Sebastian Aho leads the ‘Canes in scoring with 28 points including a team-high 13 goals while Vincent Trocheck has 13 goals of his own. Dougie Hamilton also has 23 points with a team-high 20 assists and a team-high 92 shots on goal while Nino Niederreiter also has 13 goals this season. As a team, Carolina is averaging 3.3 goals per game on 31.6 shots per game with a 31.9% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.6 goals per game on 29 shots against per game with an 81.8% conversion rate on the PK this season.

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Columbus is 3-12 in their last 15 games following a win and 4-9 in their last 13 games overall while the under is 16-4-3 in their last 23 road games. Carolina is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 8-2 in their last 10 games overall while the under us 3-0-3 in their last 6 games as a favorite.

This is a hard one to figure out as the Blue Jackets have battled hard lately, but Carolina is the better team. With that said, the two sides have traded wins back and forth as well as overs and unders so based on history, it looks like Carolina and the over is to be the play here, but I’m not laying this kind of juice with Carolina on the money line, so give me the over here as I think we see a pile of goals in this one.

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