The NLB is back on Friday as the Carolina Hurricanes will clash with the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. These teams split the four meetings last year.
The Hurricanes were one of the teams that were struggling last year. Based on the numbers, it seemed that their offense was not good enough. They also did not have a good start this season as they lost the opener against the Islanders – a team that had the worst offensive record in the season last year. It is important to note that the Hurricanes will be without Petr Mrazek in this game. He has allowed 2 goals from the 20 shot attempts in the game against the Islanders. Curtis McElhinney will take his place in this game against the Jackets.
Columbus Blue Jackets Form
The Blue Jackets made some significant changes this season as they aim to improve this season. It seems that their offense will be one of the main weapons this season as their reinforcements are mainly in this area. However, they were able to get this season going as they beat the Red Wings by a score of 3-2 in OT. Artemi Panarin scored the game-winner for the Blue Jackets at the 2:11 mark of the extra session. He scored 27 goals last season and he will be one of the main players for the Jackets in the league.
The Hurricanes did not have a good start this season. The loss in the first game against the Islanders came to a surprise. However, it showed that it will take some time for the new faces to adapt in this team. On the other side, the Blue Jackets were not dominant in the first game, but they showed character and resilience to get the win against the Red Wings. I think that the Blue Jackets are the better team and expect them to win in this one. Go for the Blue Jackets.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets on 10/05/2018
is: Take the Columbus Jackets -155 (money line bet)
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