Columbus Blue Jackets (23-13-3) vs Carolina Hurricanes (17-17-5) Live NHL Ice Hockey on JAN 04TH, 2019 07:30 PM EDT at PNC Arena Releigh
The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to win points in their battle for first place in the metropolitan division and will try to win their seventh win in eight games on Friday at the Carolina Hurricanes. The Blue Jackets have a 7-1-1 record in their last nine games after scoring a franchise record with five goals in the third period of a 6-3 win over Ottawa on Monday and the first-place lead over Washington with only two. points.
“We did not play perfectly, neither did they,” Columbus defender Seth Jones told reporters after Monday’s victory. “He’s been a bit open for a moment, all that matters is winning, we have good goals, good opportunities when we need them.” It is doubtful that captain Nick Foligno will join the team after missing Monday’s game against his five-year-old daughter Milana for a cardiac procedure in Boston, but Columbus will try to match the effort. a 4-1 victory in Carolina. November 17, when Cam Atkinson made a hat-trick.
Television: 7:30 pm ET, FS Ohio (Columbus) FS Carolinas
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Carolina Hurricanes: News
THE BLUE JACKETS (23-13-3):
Artemi Panarin, who will become a free agent without restrictions after the season, has three goals and six assists in his five consecutive points and leads the team with 43 points. Atkinson has scored five of his 24 goals in 24 in the last six games, while Pierre-Luc Dubois scored four points, the best of his career, on Monday, with a total of 36 points this season. Defender Zach Werenski scored two of his nine goals on Monday and scored points in five straight games, while Jones (23 points in 32 games) scored in three straight games.
THE HURRICANES (17-17-17):
Teravainen ended his three-point drought with Thursday’s efforts and is the only other player on the team with more than 21 points, accumulating 10 goals and 22 assists. Captain Justin Williams scored for the first time in eight games on Thursday and Micheal Ferland helped but has scored 11 goals since November 21, a goalless series of 11 goals. Petr Mrazek claimed victory in his 200th NHL game on Thursday, which means that Curtis McElhinney (with a .924 save percentage) could start against his former team.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Carolina Hurricanes: Betting Odds
- The Blue Jackets have not received much help from their power play during their career, from 0 to 20 in their last eight games.
- Carolina D Dougie Hamilton scored a goal and an aid on Thursday, scoring 11 drought points.
- Columbus G Sergei Bobrovsky recorded a saving percentage of .942 in his last eight appearances.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Carolina Hurricanes: Prediction
Bluejackets 4, Hurricanes 2