Cam Ward and the Hurricanes will look to hand the Blue Jackets their eighth consecutive road loss when the two teams square off at 7:00PM ET tonight.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Hurricanes are -145 money line favorites over the Blue Jackets, who are +125 to pull off the upset on the road tonight. As for the total, the number currently sits at 5 goals.
Sergei Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 27 shots in a 4-3 loss to the Islanders on Thursday night. He has three losses and has allowed 10 goals over the past week to fall to 13-19-1 with a 2.77 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. The 27-year-old is not reliable and Columbus is merely playing out the string of games to finish out the season.
On the other side, Cam Ward allowed three goals on 27 shots in the Hurricanes' 4-3 win over the Rangers on Thursday. He improved to 22-16-10 with the win and owns a 2.41 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. He's allowed three goals or fewer in each of his past eight games and is playing quality hockey.
The Blue Jackets are 0-7 in their last seven road games, 0-4 in their last four games overall and have dropped 12 of 15 against Metropolitan opponents. They're also winless at 0-4 in their last four games versus the Canes, who are also struggling (3-7 in their last 10 overall) but at least is receiving quality goaltending play.
SATURDAY NHL FREE PICK: CAROLINA HURRICANES -145