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Blue Jackets visit Carolina Hurricanes in NHL clash

Columbus Blue Jackets

Carolina Hurricanes
15-17-4 December 23, 2013, 07:00 PM | PNC Arena 14-14-7

The Carolina Hurricanes will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Columbus Blue Jackets invade PNC Arena on Monday.

The Blue Jackets will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 15-17-4 this season, while the Hurricanes are 14-14-7. Columbus is 17-15-4 against the total, while Carolina is 13-18-4 versus the number.

View Columbus Blue Jackets vs Carolina Hurricanes Odds and Stats.

The Hurricanes were listed earlier today as -131 moneyline Favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Hurricanes rated this week at No. 24 and the Blue Jackets sitting at No. 27.

Columbus won its last outing, a 6-3 result against the Flyers on December 21. Bettors who backed the Blue Jackets at -115 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Carolina, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Lightning on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Lightning at -145 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Carolina's No. 28-ranked offense, averaging 2.31 goals per game, against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 17 at 2.86 goals allowed. The Hurricanes power play is averaging 12.5% while the Blue Jackets defense kills off 82.5% of their penalties.

A few Blue Jackets at Hurricanes trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 6 games
Columbus is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games on the road
Columbus is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Carolina
Carolina is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Carolina is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Carolina is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Carolina's last 6 games when playing Columbus

Next up:
Columbus at New Jersey, Friday, December 27th
Carolina home to Pittsburgh, Friday, December 27th