Carolina vs Columbus: prediction for the NHL game
The Hurricanes square off against the Blue Jackets in the National Hockey League on January 14. We made predictions for this game, which you can find in the article below.
Carolina are one of the most consistent clubs in the league. They are currently in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference standings with a total of 50 points. After a long winning streak, the Hurricanes lost to Florida at home. This was a very intense and close game, but the Canes yielded in overtime (3:4 OT).
Before that, the Canes easily beat Calgary (6:3). The game against the Panthers was the first this season to end outside regulation at the PNC Arena. Rod BrindAmour's charges lost only 3 home games this season, and on average they scored three goals per game.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus are currently in 10th place in the East and are unlikely to make the playoffs this season. The Blue Jackets are already 14 points behind Pittsburgh, and they struggle to earn points of late.
Brad Larsen's charges were on a three-game losing streak, which they ended by beating New Jersey (4:3), but right after that, the Jackets lost to Chicago with a score of 2:4. Columbus won only one away game in regulation this season, and, as a rule, conceded four goals per game.
On average, Carolina score more than 3 goals in home games.
In 4 head-to-head games out of 5, more than one goal was scored in the second period.
Carolina are in great form, which cannot be said about Columbus. The Blue Jackets lost almost all of their away games this season, while the Hurricanes regularly earn points at home. We think that the hosts will defeat their opponents without any problems.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (-1) to Carolina
The two sides have already met this month. That was a real barn-burner, in which the teams scored 11 goals. Most of Carolina's games are high-scoring, and Columbus concede a lot on their travels. We suggest betting on the total over.
Second bet - total over 5.5 goals