Columbus Blue Jackets at Florida Panthers - 4/20/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Florida Panthers - 4/20/21 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: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)

Betting Odds: Florida Panthers -188 / Columbus Blue Jackets +155 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers meet in NHL action from the BB&T Center on Tuesday night.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to the Panthers in their last game. Patrik Laine leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 34 points including a team-high 15 goals with 19 assists while Cam Atkinson has 30 points with 14 goals and 16 assists. Jack Roslovic has 29 points with a team-high 20 assists while Seth Jones has 19 assists and Patrik Laine has 12 goals this season. As a team, Columbus is averaging 2.4 goals on 28.8 shots with a 13.7% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.3 goals on 31.8 shots with a 78.5% success rate on the penalty kill this season.

The Florida Panthers will try to build on their win over the Blue Jackets in their last game. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers with 46 points with a team-high 31 assists while Aleksander Barkov has 45 points with a team-high 18 goals and 27 assists. Patric Hornqvist has 31 points with 14 goals and 17 assists while MacKenzie Weegar has 25 points with 22 assists. Frank Vatrano has 17 goals and Keith Yandle has 19 assists this season. As a team, Florida is averaging 3.2 goals on 34 shots with a 21.9% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.7 goals on 30.2 shots with an 80% kill rate on the PK this season.

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Columbus is 22-50 in their last 72 games overall and 0-6 in their last 6 in their last 6 games as a road underdog while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 games on no rest. Florida is 7-0 in their last 7 games overall and 6-0 in their last 6 home games while the under is 7-1-2 in their last 10 games played on no rest. Columbus is 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I find myself trying to make a case for Columbus on the back-to-back, but the reality is that the Panthers are simply the far better team, and as hard as it can be to beat the same team in two nights, I just think that the gap between Florida and Columbus is too big. Give me Florida -1.5 here.

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Chris’s Pick Florida -1.5

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