Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes - 2/25/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Carolina Hurricanes (35-11-4) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (26-23-1)
Game Info: Friday, February 25, 2022 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -163 / Columbus Blue Jackets +350 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Carolina Hurricanes host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Friday NHL Action.
The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this road contest with an overall record of 26-23-1. Through 50 games, the Blue Jackets are 5th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 167 times, good for a rank of 13th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Columbus is the 28th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.64 goals per game. So far, the Blue Jackets have a strength of schedule rating of 21st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 22nd ranked team in the NHL.
The Carolina Hurricanes get set to host the Columbus Blue Jackets with an overall record of 35-11-4. This mark places them 1st in the Metropolitan division. Through 50 games, the Hurricanes have scored 176 goals, giving them an average of 3.5. This output gives them a rank of 6th among NHL teams. On defense, Carolina is the 2nd ranked unit, giving up 2.42 goals per contest. So far, the Hurricanes have played the 26th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Carolina's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 3rd in the NHL.
Through 50 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets goal and overall scoring leader is Boone Jenner with 40 points. He has reached his mark of 21 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.3%. So far, 33.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Patrik Laine, who has 17 assists to go along with his 18 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +4. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.42 goals per game. In his 32 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 0.0 percent of the time.
Through 50 games, Carolina's leading goal scorer is Andrei Svechnikov. With his 22 goals and 26 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 48. On the season, he is turning 13.6% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Hurricanes have benefited from the strong play of Sebastian Aho, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Carolina's 50 games, he has come up with 22 goals on a shooting percentage of 15.9%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +11.0. Carolina's top goalie is Frederik Andersen, who is giving up an average of 2.12 goals per game. In his 36 games played, he has turned in 20 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
In Columbus's 50 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 32-17. So far, taking the over when the Blue Jackets are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 16-9. On the season, 72.0% of Columbus's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 48.0% of the scoring coming from the Blue Jackets. On the other side, in Carolina's 50 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 26-24. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing at home, going just 11-12. On the season, 54.0% of Carolina's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 59.0% of the scoring coming from the Hurricanes. Look for this game to finish over the line of 5.5 goals.
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