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Hurricanes vs Blue Jackets Hockey Game Preview

Carolina Hurricanes

Columbus Blue Jackets
29-30-9 March 18, 2014, 07:00 PM | Nationwide Arena 34-26-6

Nationwide Arena hosts an NHL battle between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

This season the Blue Jackets are 34-26-6 overall while the Hurricanes are 29-30-9. As for the totals, Columbus is 35-27-4 on the OU, and Carolina is 28-33-7.View Carolina Hurricanes vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 143 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 13-rated Blue Jackets and the No. 25-ranked Hurricanes, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

The Hurricanes were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Oilers. That made winners of bettors who got Edmonton at +140 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

In their last action, Columbus was a 2-1 winner on the road against the Wild. Bettors on Columbus at +133 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Columbus's No. 11-ranked offense (2.91 goals per game) against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.85 goals per game allowed. The Blue Jackets powerplay has clicked at a 18.3% rate while the Hurricanes have a 81.34% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Hurricanes at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
Carolina is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina's last 6 games
Carolina is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Carolina is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Columbus
Columbus is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Columbus is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Columbus's last 11 games at home
Columbus is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Carolina

Next up:
Carolina at Chicago, Friday, March 21st
Columbus at Montreal, Thursday, March 20th