NHL Picks: Blue Jackets at Hurricanes

Greg has a small side play listed on his hockey betting lineup for tonight backed by a systems that has produced a winning record in seven-straight seasons

The Carolina Hurricanes are 9–3 in their last 12 games and part of the reason for their success is their “shots on goal.” When Carolina is playing at home and they’ve averaged 30 or more shots on goal per game for five consecutive contests the team is 20–4 vs. the money line. Will this aid their cause tonight? Can Carolina turn around a seven-game losing streak against Columbus? The Blue Jackets are allowing an average of 31.2 shots per game on the road this season and earlier in the year when the Hurricanes hosted Columbus the visitors scored two goals in the final 4:02 minutes of the game to win 4–3. On January 10, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped all 36 shots in a shutout victory. The Hurricanes were without Eric Staal in that game but he will be on the ice tonight and he has seven points in his last five games.

 

Bobrovsky is 5-1 with a 1.67 goals-against average in six career starts against the Hurricanes. The Blue Jackets Vezina Trophy winner wasn’t sharp Saturday night vs. the Sabres as he allowed three goals on 10 shots before getting pulled. That loss vs. Buffalo ended an eight game winning streak. Anton Khudobin gets the start tonight for Carolina, he’s won three in a row with a 2.67 GAA and for the season he’s 10-3-0 with a 2.20 GAA and a save percentage of 92.7%. Khudobin has appeared in eight home games, (six starts,) allowing only 14 goals with a save percentage of 93.2% and sporting a 5–1 record.

 

This won’t be an easy task for the host team and that is noted in the line as the Hurricanes are –118 to –125 at the majority of online sportsbooks but I like the host team this evening supported by a solid NHL system:

Play against all underdogs on the money line, (Columbus,) that average 2.85 or more goals per game, after playing three consecutive games where 7 or more combined goals were scored. According to the SDQL history at SportsDatabase.com the dog in this system is just 15-44 since 2010 (25-percent) and this hockey betting angle has produced a profit every season since 2006.

I’ve invested 1.0-units on Carolina at –120 on the money line

 

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