Blue Jackets at Hurricanes 1/4/19 - NHL Picks & Predictions
On Friday, the Columbus Blue Jackets look for a second straight victory when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes. Columbus defeated the Ottawa Senators 6-3 on Monday in their most recent outing. Zach Werenski and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored two goals each, while Cam Atkinson and Josh Anderson scored one apiece and Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves in net for the Blue Jackets.
Carolina will be playing the second half of a back-to-back on Friday after playing the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday. The Hurricanes defeated the Flyers on New Year’s Eve 3-1 as Andrej Svechnikov, Jordan Martinook and Lucas Wallmark scored for the Hurricanes and Curtis McElhinney stopped 22 shots in net.
Cam Atkinson leads the Blue Jackets in goals scored with 24. Artemi Panarin leads in assists with 31 and points with 43. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is 17-11-1 with a 2.74 goals against average and .910 save percentage. Columbus is 9th in goals scored at 3.31 and 18th in goals against at 3.03.
Sebastian Aho is the Carolina leader in goals scored with 15, in assists with 24 and points with 39. Curtis McElhinney is 8-5-1 with a goals against average of 2.22 and a save percentage of .918. Carolina is 29th in goals scored per game at 2.45 and 8th in goals against at 2.82.
Columbus has played much better of late than has Carolina. The Blue Jackets have won 6 of the last 7 overall, 17 of the last 22 playing on 3 days or more rest and each of the last 4 on the road. Carolina on the other hand has lost 10 of its last 14 and 7 of its last 9 versus teams from the Eastern Conference. Final Score Prediction, Columbus Blue Jackets win 4-2.