Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/22/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/22/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (13-12-7) vs Carolina Hurricanes (20-7-3)

Game Info: Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +135 / Carolina Hurricanes -149 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Carolina Hurricanes will be looking to bounce back from a second straight 3-2 loss to the Blue Jackets. Sebastian Aho leads the ‘Canes in scoring with 28 points including 13 goals and 15 assists while Dougie Hamilton has 24 points with a team-high 21 assists and 94 shots on goal. Vincent Trocheck also has 24 points with 13 goals and 11 assists while Jordan Staal, Martin Necas and Brett Pesce all have double-digit assists. Nino Niederreiter also shares Carolina’s goal-scoring lead with 13 goals of his own this season. As a team, Florida is averaging 3.2 goals per game on 31.6 shots with a 31.3% success rate on the PK while allowing 2.6 goals on 29.1 shots against with an 82.4% success rate on the PK this season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will be trying to build on their win over Carolina from their last matchup. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the Jackets in scoring with 27 points including team-highs of 11 goals and 16 assists while Cam Atkinson has 21 points with 11 goals of his own and 10 assists. Jack Roslovic and Seth Jones each have double-digit assists for the Blue Jackets up to this point. As a team, Columbus is averaging 2.6 goals per game on 29 shots per game with a 15.4% success rate on the PP while allowing 3.1 goals on 31.3 shots against with a 73.3% kill rate on the PK this season.

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Carolina is 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 8-3 in their last 11 games overall while the under is 4-0-2 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. Columbus is 2-6 in their last 8 home games and 10-3 in their last 13 Monday games while the under is 57-26-9 in their last 92 games following a win. The underdog is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings between these two e-                                                                               

This has been a tough game to call as the ‘Canes are the better team, but the Jackets are playing well in their last few games. With that said, Carolina’s dropped three straight and Columbus won both of the last two and two of the last three meetings. You could take Columbus on the ML, but I think there’s also value with this game to be tied after 60 minutes on the 3-way line as each of the last two meetings have been tied after the 3rd.

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Chris’s Pick 3-way Draw (Tied after 60 minutes) +300

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