Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets - 1/28/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Columbus Blue Jackets (2-2-3) vs Florida Panthers (3-0)
Game Info: Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -120 / Florida Panthers +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Thursday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Florida Panthers look for another win to build on their 3-0 record. The Florida Panthers are averaging five goals per game and are scoring on 37.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Patric Hornqvist leads Florida with four goals, Anthony Duclair has four assists and Aleksander Barkov has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 40 percent of their opponents power plays. Chris Driedger has given up two goals on 30 shots faced and Sergei Bobrovsky has given up seven goals on 58 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing three of their last four games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 7.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Alexandre Texier leads Columbus with four goals, Michael Del Zotto has four assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 84.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 10 goals on 139 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 10 goals on 92 shots.
The Panthers are 0-5 in their last 5 Thursday games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Blue Jackets are 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 9-23 in their last 32 overall. The over is 5-0-1 in Panthers last 6 overall. The over is 5-2-1 in Blue Jackets last 8 home games. The Panthers are 3-14 in the last 17 meetings in Columbus and 7-20 in the last 27 meetings.
The Florida Panthers are riding high through their first three games, as the offense remains elite and the defensive effort has been better than it was a season ago. The Columbus Blue Jackets have hit a cold patch these last few games and they can't be thrilled with how Tuesday's game ended, allowing a goal in the final second. I said from the beginning of the season that the Panthers would be a dangerous team if they could figure out the goaltending issues. So far so good. Give me the Panthers and the plus money.