The NHL is set up with a great night of action throughout Monday night. Ten games will be up on the board throughout March 22. One of these matchups will be between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Columbus Blue Jackets. These two teams have had solid starts to the season and will look to earn a win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
Carolina has started out this season with a record of 20-7-3, which has them sitting in third place of the Central Division. The Hurricanes are only three points behind the top spot in the Central. Carolina has lost three straight games entering this one and they will look to turn it around. I expect the Hurricanes to come out hot in this one.
The Blue Jackets have put up a record of 13-12-7 to this point in the season, which has them in fourth place of the Central Division. Columbus is tied for the fourth seed with Chicago and will look to create some separation with another win. The Blue Jackets have won back to back games and three of their last four and will look to keep up the hot streak in this one.
These two teams have both put up solid records to this point in the season, which has them competing for the Central Division. Columbus is coming into this game a bit stronger, after knocking off the Hurricanes in back to back games. Carolina will look to come out hot in this one as they try to chase down Tampa Bay and Florida for the top spots in the division.
The Hurricanes and the Blue Jackets have met up five times throughout this season series. The first two games of the season series were in Columbus on February 7 and 8. Jordan Staal had a goal and two assists in the first game to help Carolina earn a 6-5 win. The Blue Jackets bounced back with a 3-2 win in the second game of the season series.
The third game of the season series was in Carolina on February 15. Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist for Columbus, but it was not enough. Brock McGinn had two goals and two assists, while Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and three assists. Jordan Staal scored twice as the Hurricanes were able to take over for a 7-3 win.
Carolina also hosted the fourth game of the season series on March 18. Sebastian Aho scored two goals in the second to help force overtime. Oliver Bjorkstrand earned three assists on the night. Seth Jones opened up the scoring and scored his second in overtime. Joonas Korpisalo stopped 25 of 27 shots as the Blue Jackets grabbed a 3-2 win in overtime.
The fifth game of the season series stayed in Carolina on March 20. Andrei Svechnikov and Warren Foegele each scored for the Hurricanes, but Carolina still could not grab the win. Oliver Bjorkstrand and Seth Jones both scored to force overtime. Bjorkstrand and Patrik Laine each scored in the shootout to lift Columbus to a 3-2 win on the road.
The Hurricanes have been strong on both sides of special teams throughout this season. Carolina has scored on 30 of their 96 power play chances, which is a 31.3 percent success rate. The Hurricanes have also killed off 84 of their opponents 102 power play attempts, which is an 82.4 percent penalty kill. Carolina will look to keep this up in this one.
Columbus has struggled on both sides of special teams to this point in the season. The Blue Jackets have capitalized on 12 of their 78 of their power play opportunities, which is a 15.4 percent power play. Columbus has given up 20 power play goals on 75 penalties against, which is a 73.3 percent kill rate. The Blue Jackets will need to step up as this season goes along.
These two teams have been opposite on special teams throughout this season. The Blue Jackets have struggled on both sides of special teams, while Carolina has been dangerous. The Hurricanes will look for their special teams to keep up their hot start in this one as they try to get back in the win column. If Carolina can take over on special teams in this one, they should be able to grab the win.
I expect James Reimer to get the start in the crease for Carolina in this one. Reimer has played in 17 games this season, going 12-4-1 through those matchups. Reimer has put up a save percentage of .909 and a 2.68 GAA this season. Reimer’s last start was against the Detroit Red Wings, where he stopped 24 of 27 shots in the loss.
Joonas Korpisalo will likely get nod in the net for the Blue Jackets on Monday night. Korpisalo has earned a record of 8-9-5 throughout his 22 starts this season. He has posted a .900 save percentage and a GAA of 2.97 in his games played. Korpisalo finished with 25 saves on 27 shots in March 18’s win over the Hurricanes.
These two goalies have been solid throughout this season, but the Hurricanes have a slight edge with Reimer in net. Reimer has the better record and stats throughout this season. Reimer has had a few nights off and will look to come out hot in this one. If Carolina can get a fast start from Reimer, it could help them earn a win on Monday night.
The Hurricanes are entering this one on a slight losing streak, which they will look to turn around on Monday night. Carolina has been strong throughout this season and they will look to knock off the Blue Jackets in this one. Columbus has been a tough team to shake this season, forcing a lot of overtime matches. The Hurricanes will look for separation in net and on special teams in this one.
BetOnline has Carolina listed as a -153 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Hurricanes will win this game around 60.5 percent of the time. I think that this line makes sense, but there is not a lot of value in it. I think Carolina can earn a dominant win in this one, making the Hurricanes -1 ½ at +170 look promising to me.