Blue Jackets vs Hurricanes Prediction - NHL Picks 11/26/23

Carolina Hurricanes (11-8) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (6-11-4)

Game Info: Sunday, November 26, 2023 at 5:00 pm (PNC Arena)

Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -275 / Columbus Blue Jackets +220 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets will play the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday evening at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Columbus has won two games in a row, while Carolina has won two of their last three games. Check out our Blue Jackets vs Hurricanes Prediction.

Blue Jackets Preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets are 6-11-4 this year after they defeated the New Jersey Devils by a score of 2-1 in their last game. Columbus scored two goals in the first period and they were able to hold the Devils off of the scoreboard in the second and third periods for the win. The Blue Jackets were out shot by a total of 38-28 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. Columbus also defeated Chicago by a score of 7-3 in the game prior to New Jersey, but they did lose the previous nine games in a row. Columbus is scoring 2.86 goals per game and they are allowing 3.48 goals against per game, while going 10.4% on the power play and 88.5% on the penalty kill. Zach Werenski has led the Blue Jackets with one goal, 14 assists, and 46 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Columbus is Elvis Merzlikins, who is 5-6-3 this year with a 3.12 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. 

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Hurricanes Preview

The Carolina Hurricanes are 11-8-0 this season after they lost to Tampa Bay by a score of 8-2 in their last game. Carolina led 1-0 after the first period, but Tampa Bay scored eight of the last nine goals in the loss. The Hurricanes out shot Tampa Bay by a total of 24-14 and allowed four power play goals in the game. Carolina won their previous two games against Edmonton and Pittsburgh. The Hurricanes are scoring 3.32 goals per game and they are allowing 3.42 goals against per game, while going 22.2% on the power play and 74.6% on the penalty kill. Sebastian Aho has led the Hurricanes this year with five goals, 11 assists, and 46 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Carolina is Antti Raanta, who is 6-2-0 this season with a 2.88 goals against average and a .885 save percentage. 

Carolina Hurricanes Team Facts

  • The Hurricanes have lost each of their last eight night games against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Hurricanes have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last four games against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Hurricanes' last three games as favorites against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Hurricanes have won the third period in seven of their last eight games following a loss.

Columbus Blue Jackets Team Facts

  • The Blue Jackets have lost each of their last seven night games against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Blue Jackets have failed to cover the puck line in 11 of their last 14 games as underdogs following a road win.
  • The Blue Jackets have lost the third period in nine of their last 10 games as underdogs against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in six of the Blue Jackets' last seven night games against opponents on a winning streak.

Carolina Hurricanes Player Prop Facts

  • Stefan Noesen has scored a goal in three of the Hurricanes' last four games as favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Michael Bunting has recorded at least one point in five of his six previous appearances with his team as a favorite against the Blue Jackets.
  • Sebastian Aho has recorded at least one assist in eight of the Hurricanes' last 10 games at PNC Arena.
  • Jaccob Slavin has the equal-most multi-assist games for the Hurricanes this season (2).

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Prop Facts

  • Ivan Provorov has recorded a point in each of the Blue Jackets' last four night games.
  • Zach Werenski has recorded at least one assist in six of the Blue Jackets' last eight games.
  • Erik Gudbranson has the most multi-assist games for the Blue Jackets this season (2).

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Carolina Hurricanes ranks 32nd in the league in save percentage this season (.864).
  • The Carolina Hurricanes are one of only two teams to win 5+ games when trailing after Period 1 this season.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets ranks T25th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.48).
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets ranks T1st in the league for power play goals against this season (7).

Blue Jackets vs Hurricanes Prediction Breakdown

Carolina comes into this game after getting blown out against Tampa Bay, but they will be at home, where they are 6-2-0 this year. Columbus has won two games in a row, but they have been one of the worst teams in the NHL over the last three or four weeks. The Blue Jackets are only scoring 2.86 goals per game and are 10.4% on the power play. Carolina is the better team in this matchup and they are at home. Take the Hurricanes -1.5 here. 

David’s Pick Hurricanes -1.5

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