Columbus Blue Jackets at Florida Panthers - 4/19/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Florida Panthers - 4/19/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers (28-12-5) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (15-22-9)

Game Info: Monday, April 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)

Betting Odds: Florida Panthers -205 / Columbus Blue Jackets +184 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Florida Panthers meet Monday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.

The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing eight of their last nine games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 13.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 14 goals, Jack Roslovic has 20 assists and Cam Atkinson has 131 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 88 goals on 845 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 55 goals on 608 shots.

The Florida Panthers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Aleksander Barkov leads Florida with 18 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 30 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 137 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Chris Driedger has given up 42 goals on 575 shots faced and Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 72 goals on 775 shots.

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The Blue Jackets are 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 22-49 in their last 71 overall. The Panthers are 22-8 in their last 30 games as a favorite and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 5-0-1 in Blue Jackets last 6 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Panthers last 5 overall. The Blue Jackets are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Florida and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings. The home team is 14-6 in the last 20 meetings. The favorite is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to ride the struggle bus, as this team just can't get on the same page and they've had some of their worst efforts on the road. The Florida Panthers have done a good job of bouncing back from losses and they've been one of the more consistent teams in the league, especially in the favorite role and against teams they're supposed to beat. The Panthers have won five of the six meetings this season against the Blue Jackets, which includes outscoring them 8-2 in the last two meetings. Give me the Panthers and the PL for max betting value.

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Randy’s Pick Florida Panthers -1.5

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