Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Florida Panthers - 2/4/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Florida Panthers (29-17-5) at Columbus Blue Jackets (28-16-9)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets / Florida Panthers --- Over/Under:
The Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Florida Panthers look for another win after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 24.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgenii Dadonov leads Florida with 23 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 47 assists and Mike Hoffman has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 112 goals on 1,095 shots faced and Sam Montembeault has allowed 23 goals on 206 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in six of their last seven games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 17 goals, Pierre-Luc Dubois has 25 assists and Seth Jones has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 78 goals on 901 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 48 goals on 640 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 21 straight games.
The Panthers are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 6-1 in their last 7 overall. The Blue Jackets are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 16-5 in their last 21 overall. The over is 6-2 in Panthers last 8 overall. The under is 7-2 in Blue Jackets last 9 overall. The Panthers are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings in Columbus and 7-20 in the last 27 meetings. The home team is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Columbus.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have the clear edge at home and with the Panthers on the end of a back to back while playing their third game in four days. However, I've been backing the Panthers a lot this season and mentioned numerous times that a streak was coming and how this is a cup contender if they can just be average defensively. Well, we're starting to see it. The Columbus Blue Jackets have the rest edge and have won eight of the last nine meetings against the Panthers, but I'm not fading the Panthers anytime soon.