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Carolina Hurricanes Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Predictions
Whoever losses the Friday meeting between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Columbus Blue Jackets might be in a bad position to hold one of the last wild card spots in the NHL’s Eastern Conference. If the NHL playoffs started today, both Carolina and Columbus would be in the postseason as wildcard teams. The bad news is there are still 12 games to play, and the Montreal Canadiens are in a position to snatch one of those spots.
The Hurricanes have 83 points after 69 games played. They have a little advantage over Columbus and Montreal, which have played one more game. But that advantage is minimal and could go away in one night. Both the Blue Jackets and the Canadiens have played 70 games and have 81 points thus far. The season finale will be insane.
Carolina has turned up the volume in the last month of competition, winning 13 of their last 17 games, including two in a row on the road over the Nashville Predators (5-3) and the Colorado Avalanche. Those two wins are valuable as both teams are in the playoffs conversation. Nashville is one of the favorites in the Western Conference, and Colorado is trying to get one of the last wildcard spots. A $100 bet on each of the games would have collected over $200 in winnings. The Hurricanes are a good team on the road. A $100 on each of their away games this season would have bettors with $257 in winnings. They are a dangerous squad on the road, and their last two victories show just that.
Columbus currently doesn’t have the same winning mojo, but they are good enough to win any given night. The Blue Jackets lost to the Islanders in New York 2-0 a few days ago, but bounce back with a 7-4 win over the Boston Bruins this week. The center Boone Jenner recorded his first career hat-trick against Boston. The issue is they have alternated wins and losses in their last six outings. A little more consistency is needed if they want to make the playoffs. Carolina has dominated the series in recent meetings against Columbus. They have won three of the last four dating the two previous seasons.
This year they have met three times, with the Hurricanes winning twice, including a 4-2 victory at home on January. None of the last 10 games in the series have gone OVER the game total. Nine times the UNDER hit and once it ended in a push. The Hurricanes feel very comfortable playing at the Nationwide Arena. They have won seven of the last ten games in the series in that venue, and two of the previous three. Carolina won in Columbus with a 3-1 result back in October while cashing as a +135 road underdog. What’s the play? Carolina.
Money line: +110
Game total: 6
Date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Venue: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
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