Monday NHL Free Play: Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets

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The Carolina Hurricanes and the Columbus Blue Jackets will meet once again Monday night after a wild game Sunday that finished 6-5 in favour of the Hurricanes. What’s shocking to me is the shot count; usually in a high scoring game (11 goals) you’d think there would be a very high shot count, but not in this one. The Hurricanes outshot the Blue Jackets 26-22. Although the Hurricanes won the game, they didn’t play to their potential. The Hurricanes had 15 penalty minutes and a few untimely giveaways that they’d love to have back.

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Event: (65) Carolina Hurricanes at (66) Columbus Blue Jackets
Date/Time: February 8, 2021 7PM EST
Recommended Play: Carolina Hurricanes -140

The Blue Jackets have looked much better since acquiring Laine & Roslovic from Winnipeg, it also helps to have the issues with PLD now dealt with. The problem is, I have a tough time believing the Blue Jackets can have as great of an offensive game tonight as they did against the Hurricanes in their losing effort. I predict the speed to be in favour of the Hurricanes and they turnover battle to be in their favour. The Hurricanes are the better team and the more well-rounded team. In their last 26 games with no rest, the Hurricanes are 20-6 — They do NOT seem to be bothered by playing back to back games.

After a wild game 1 where the Hurricanes snuck one out, I expect the pace to be different in the second meeting with the Hurricanes controlling the pace of play. If the Hurricanes stay out of the box and roll four lines for 60 minutes while getting a high shot count, they will come out on top.

Play the better club in a statistically good spot. Hurricanes Money Line.


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