Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets / NHL – After the victory over Boston in the last round, the team of Carolina in will now have an even more difficult job. They are welcoming the leaders of the Eastern Conference, which also celebrated in the last game and ended the mini-series of two defeats in a row. Despite these two defeats, Columbus is still in first place with three points advantage over the second Pittsburgh. Begins: 11.01.2017. – 01:00 CET
Carolina finished last season in tenth place in the standings, and this year, they are playing similar and are currently in tenth position with three points less than the eight Ottawa. Players of Carolina have not opened the championship well and are therefore currently in the middle of the table. In the first 13 games, they made only three wins. This was a very bad season opening for the Hurricanes which were hoping to finally win the playoffs this year. However, in the rest of the season, they have improved their game and are now competing for the eighth position. They played the best in November last year when they recorded five wins in a row.
They also played very well at the end of last year when they recorded four wins in the last five games. They did not open the New Year in the best possible way. In the first two games, they have experienced as many losses. First they lost to the Lightning at home, and then they defeated Devils in their hall. In the next round they made a surprise by defeating the favoured St. Louis Blues. In the next encounter, they also played at home against Chicago Blackhawks. Unlike the match against the Blues, they this time failed to achieve a positive result and suffered a defeat with a score 2:1. In the last round at home, they were better than Boston after extra time with 4:3.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus is definitely the biggest surprise of the championship. Blue Jackets have in the past period entered the history of the club when they made 16 consecutive wins. However, every series comes to an end and so Columbus after the incredible winning series suffered two consecutive defeats. They ended this positive series three rounds ago away against Washington. Blue Jackets have played a very bad game and at the end the Capitals recorded a convincing victory of 5:0. After this hosting, they returned to their hall where they had another derby encounter. This time they admeasured forces with the New York Rangers. It was a match of two teams from the top of the Eastern Conference that are fighting for the first position.
Columbus has welcomes this match after the debacle by Washington and it was a question whether this end of the positive series will affect the team. However, the players have opened the game great and after five minutes they had the lead of 2:0. The guests have over Lindberg reduced the score to 2:1, but Columbus by the end of the firs third again doubled their advantage. When Sedlak at the beginning of the second period scored the fourth goal for the Blue Jackets, it seemed that the hosts will make a safe victory. But the guests did not give in, and they scored four more goals by the end of the match and also reversed the lead to their advantage. The winning goal for the Rangers was scored by Grabner 17 seconds before the end of the match.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets PICK
After two consecutive defeats Columbus has in the last round defeated Philadelphia with 2:1 at home after extra time. After two home games, they are now returning to their hall. Carolina’s fans remember well the last game against Columbus when their team suffered a convincing defeat at home with 1:5. The hosts will in this round try to use a somewhat worse shape of the Blue Jackets recently, but we believe that the guests are a much better team and that they will still record victory in this round.
Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets win
Odds: 1.75 at Interwetten (down to 1.69 can be played)