Hurricanes vs. Blue Jackets Prediction
Will the Hurricanes finally snap their losing skid when they visit the Blue Jackets tonight at 7:00PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Blue Jackets are -140 money line favorites for tonight's game while the Hurricanes are +120 to pull off the upset. The total, meanwhile, currently sits at 5 goals.
Carolina is in the midst of a five-game losing streak and is also 0-4 in its last four road games. But the Hurricanes have owned the Blue Jackets in previous meetings, posting a 5-1 record in their last six games versus their opponent tonight and a 4-0 mark in their last four trips to Columbus.
As for the Blue Jackets, they're 6-0 in their last six games playing the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation but that trend seems destined to fall. Something more reliable is a team's record following wins because it gives bettors an indication of how consistent said team is, and Columbus is 0-4 in its last four games following a victory.
Cam Ward did allow three goals on 25 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Sabres on Tuesday but the 32-year-old is 2-1-2 in his last five starts and should play well tonight, even though he's 4-4-1 with a 2.79 goals-against averages versus Columbus.
THURSDAY NHL FREE PICK: CAROLINA HURRICANES +120