Columbus Blue Jackets (0-0) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (0-0)
October 12, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -222 / Columbus Blue Jackets +175; Over/Under: +6
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in NHL motion from PNC Arena on Wednesday night time.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will input the 2022-23 season taking a look to shake off a irritating 2021-22 marketing campaign that noticed Columbus end 37-38-7, lacking the playoffs for the second one immediately 12 months. The Blue Jackets had the most important coup of unfastened company, signing Johnny Gaudreau to a 7-year contract, coming off of a career-high 115 issues and 40 targets ultimate season. Jakub Voracek returns after main the Blue Jackets with 62 issues and 56 assists whilst Patrik Laine could also be again as Columbus’ most sensible returning scorer with 26 targets ultimate season. Elvis Merzlikins is again between the pipes after striking up a 27-23-7 file with a three.22 GAA and a .907 save proportion this season.
The Carolina Hurricanes come into the 2022-23 marketing campaign taking a look to take a step ahead after a moderately a success 2021-22 marketing campaign, finishing the 12 months with a file of 54-20-8 and a 2nd consecutive Metropolitan department identify. Carolina took out the Boston Bruins in seven video games within the opening spherical prior to falling to the New York Rangers in seven video games within the subsequent spherical. There’s a good bit of turnover for Carolina, shedding part in their most sensible six scorers after parting tactics with Nino Niederreiter, Tony DeAngelo and Vincent Trocheck. The most sensible part of the core is in tact with Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen all again and the Hurricanes had a hectic offseason, bringing in Max Pacioretty in addition to Brent Burns to assist the Carolina protection and key function gamers like Ondrej Kase and Paul Stastny. Frederik Andersen can be the person in objective for Carolina after going 35-14-3 with a 2.17 GAA and a .922 save proportion for the ‘Canes ultimate 12 months.
Columbus is 16-35 of their ultimate 51 street video games and 2-6 of their ultimate 8 video games total whilst the underneath is 3-0-1 of their ultimate 4 Wednesday video games. Carolina is 1-4 of their ultimate 5 video games total and 45-17 of their ultimate 62 house video games whilst the underneath is 6-2 of their ultimate 8 video games total.
I am getting the case to be made for a decent-sized underdog like Columbus, however Carolina completely owned the matchup ultimate season and truly made one of the most greatest group splashes of all of the offseason, bringing in guys like Brent Burns, Paul Stastny and Max Pacioretty to fill some first rate voids left by way of some key members from ultimate 12 months. Columbus were given the prize of unfastened company with Johnny Gaudreau, however there’s much more that must be carried out for the reason that the Jackets just about stood pat with the group that struggled their manner via a large number of ultimate season. All in all, I simply suppose there’s an excessive amount of to love with Carolina at house, so give me the Hurricanes -1.5 to start out the season with a bang.
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