Fargo's 10* NHL Friday Breakaway (3-1 YTD)
2018-10-05 19:05:00

This is a play on the COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS for our NHL Friday Breakaway. The season got underway for both Carolina and Columbus last night and it was opposite results for both teams. Despite outshooting the Islanders 46-20, the Hurricanes lost in overtime as a big favorite while Columbus also went to overtime but was able to pull it out just over two minutes into the extra session. The Blue Jackets also had a big edge in shots as they outshot the Red Wings 39-20 and they return home where their season ended just over five months ago. Columbus won the first two games in its opening round series against Washington on the road but dropped the final four games including all three at home so the Blue Jackets will be out to get back to winning here where they went 26-12-3 during the regular season last year. Columbus head coach John Tortorella elected to start backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo on Thursday night instead of Sergei Bobrovsky, who struggled during the preseason, but do not read too much into that. Giving him his first start on home ice is the right thing to do for confidence as he posted a 2.18 GAA at home last season, which was tied for third best in the league, compared to a 2.67 GAA on the road, 29th in the NHL. The goaltending situation for Carolina is a lot less ideal. Carolina placed goaltender Scott Darling on injured reserve this week and signed former Columbus goalie Curtis McElhinney to back up Petr Mrazek, who made his Carolina debut with 18 saves last night but gave up the game winning goal just 43 seconds into overtime. McElhinney will likely make the start for the Hurricanes against his former team. 10* (2) Columbus Blue Jackets