Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Player Props, Picks and Predictions – Thursday, Feb. 29

Dec 28, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov (37) watches his shot against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period at PNC Arena.
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We have your Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets prop betting and game preview needs covered as the Carolina Hurricanes hit the road to face the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Carolina Hurricanes (35-18-6) are set to face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets (19-29-10) in a clash at Nationwide Arena. As the Hurricanes aim to solidify their playoff positioning, the Blue Jackets look to play spoiler and gain momentum towards the end of the season.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Odds Info

Moneyline: Carolina Hurricanes -260 (Bet365) / Columbus Blue Jackets +210 (Bet365)

Puck Line: +1.5 – Carolina Hurricanes +104 (BetRivers) / Columbus Blue Jackets -125 (BetRivers)

Total: 6.5 – -112 (BetRivers) / -109 (BetRivers)

Game Info

Date: Thursday, Feb. 29

Time: 07:00 PM

Location: Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH


Carolina Hurricanes Betting Trends

  • On the road this season, the Carolina Hurricanes have 16 wins and 13 losses.
  • As the favorite this season, the Carolina Hurricanes have 32 wins and 20 losses.
  • This season, the Carolina Hurricanes have hit 26 overs and 33 unders.

Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Trends

  • At home this season, the Columbus Blue Jackets have 10 wins and 19 losses.
  • As the underdog this season, the Columbus Blue Jackets have 17 wins and 36 losses.
  • This season, the Columbus Blue Jackets have hit 30 overs and 28 unders.

Historic Head-to-Head Stats and Analysis

Over the last two seasons, the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets have faced off four times, with the Hurricanes emerging victorious in three of those encounters. These matchups took place between October 2022 and November 2023, showcasing a trend where the home team secured wins in three out of the four games, indicating a potential home-ice advantage. When it comes to betting statistics, both teams have split the honors against the spread, with each team covering it twice. The over/under betting results have been evenly matched as well, with the total score going over twice and staying under twice. In terms of game performance, the Hurricanes have demonstrated a strong offensive presence, outscoring the Blue Jackets in the cumulative score across all games. The Blue Jackets have shown resilience, particularly in their shot-blocking efforts, but have struggled to convert this defensive tenacity into victories.

The most recent game between the two teams occurred on November 26, 2023, where the Carolina Hurricanes narrowly defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets with a final score of 3-2. Despite the Blue Jackets taking an early lead in the third period with goals from Kirill Marchenko and Johnny Gaudreau, the Hurricanes mounted a comeback with Jesperi Kotkaniemi initiating the scoring, followed by a late-game surge with goals from Brady Skjei and Andrei Svechnikov. The Hurricanes dominated the shots on goal with a total of 43 compared to the Blue Jackets’ 23, suggesting a more aggressive offensive strategy. The Blue Jackets, however, excelled in shot-blocking, registering 28 blocks in an attempt to stifle the Hurricanes’ attack. The game’s outcome was ultimately decided in the third period, with the Hurricanes’ late goals securing the win and continuing their favorable record against the Blue Jackets.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Predictions

The Hurricanes come into the game with a strong record, sitting comfortably in the playoff picture, thanks in large part to the stellar play of center Sebastian Aho, who leads the team in goals (22), assists (39), and points (61). Carolina’s recent form has been impressive, with a 7-2-1 record in their last ten games, showcasing their ability to dominate both ends of the ice. Defensively, they’ve been particularly stingy, allowing only 1.6 goals per game in that span, which could pose a significant challenge for the Blue Jackets’ offense.

Columbus, on the other hand, has struggled throughout the season and finds themselves at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division. Despite their record, the Blue Jackets have seen some bright spots from players like Boone Jenner, who leads the team with 18 goals, and Johnny Gaudreau, who tops the assists chart with 34. The Blue Jackets will need these key players to step up if they hope to compete with the Hurricanes’ depth. Columbus has shown resilience in recent games, particularly in their shot-blocking efforts, but converting defensive plays into offensive opportunities will be crucial in this matchup.

This game could come down to key player matchups and special teams performance. The Hurricanes’ power-play unit, which has been effective this season, will test the Blue Jackets’ penalty kill. On the flip side, Columbus will need to capitalize on any power-play chances they get against Carolina’s disciplined penalty kill squad. With both teams looking to make a statement as the season winds down, this game promises to be an exciting battle on the ice.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Pick

Given the current form and overall season performance, the Carolina Hurricanes moneyline bet is the more compelling choice. The Hurricanes have been dominant in their recent games, boasting a 7-2-1 record, and their defensive prowess has been particularly noteworthy, with an average of only 1.6 goals against per game in their last ten. This defensive strength, coupled with the offensive contributions from Sebastian Aho, makes them a formidable opponent for the struggling Blue Jackets. Additionally, the Hurricanes have a favorable head-to-head record against the Blue Jackets, winning three out of their last four encounters, which suggests a psychological edge going into this matchup.

While the Blue Jackets have the home-ice advantage and have shown some resilience, particularly in shot-blocking, their inability to convert defensive plays into scoring opportunities has been a consistent issue. The Hurricanes’ effective power play could exploit the Blue Jackets’ penalty kill, further tipping the scales in favor of Carolina. Considering the odds, recent trends, and the Hurricanes’ strong record both on the road and as favorites, the smart money is on Carolina to continue their winning ways against Columbus.

The Pick: Carolina Hurricanes -260 (Bet365)

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Player Prop Picks

Here are the players who have hit over their current prop line in at least 7 of their last 10 games.

Carolina Hurricanes

Player Name Prop Line Over Rate Over Odds Under Odds Last 10 Average Projection
Martin Necas Shots On Goal 2.5 7/10 -150 +120 3.1 3.22
Michael Bunting Shots On Goal 2.5 7/10 +110 -140 3.3 3.44

Columbus Blue Jackets

Player Name Prop Line Over Rate Over Odds Under Odds Last 10 Average Projection
Jack Roslovic Shots On Goal 1.5 8/10 -140 +110 2.8 2.48
Johnny Gaudreau Assists 0.5 7/10 +145 -190 1.1 1.03
Johnny Gaudreau Points 0.5 7/10 -115 -115 1.2 1.12
Zach Werenski Shots On Goal 2.5 7/10 +100 -130 3.3 2.81