Columbus Blue Jackets at Florida Panthers - 2/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Florida Panthers - 2/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers (35-11-5) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (26-23-1)

Game Info: Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 7:00 pm (FLA Live Arena)

Betting Odds: Florida Panthers -200 / Columbus Blue Jackets +425 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Florida Panthers host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Thursday NHL Action.

The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this road contest with an overall record of 26-23-1. Through 50 games, the Blue Jackets are 5th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 167 times, good for a rank of 13th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Columbus is the 29th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.64 goals per game. So far, the Blue Jackets have a strength of schedule rating of 20th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 22nd ranked team in the NHL.

The Florida Panthers get set to host the Columbus Blue Jackets with an overall record of 35-11-5. This mark places them 1st in the Atlantic division. Through 51 games, the Panthers have scored 212 goals, giving them an average of 4.12. This output gives them a rank of 1st among NHL teams. On defense, Florida is the 19th ranked unit, giving up 2.9 goals per contest. So far, the Panthers have played the 10th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Florida's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 1st in the NHL.

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Through 50 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets goal and overall scoring leader is Boone Jenner with 40 points. He has reached his mark of 21 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.3%. So far, 33.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Patrik Laine, who has 17 assists to go along with his 18 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +4. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.42 goals per game. In his 32 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 0.0 percent of the time.

Coming into this game, the Florida Panther's leader in points is Jonathan Huberdeau. In Florida's 51 games, he has come up with 17 goals and 55 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.1%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Aleksander Barkov. Of his 23 goals, 26.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +23. Florida's top goalie is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is giving up an average of 2.58 goals per game. In his 36 games played, he has turned in 21 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Florida's 51 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 34-19. So far, the Panthers have been a good bet at home as they have covered in 18 of their 26 games at BB&T Center. On the season, the Florida Panthers have a per-game scoring differential of 1.2. In 5 on 5 situations, the Florida Panthers have a shooting percentage of 8.9%, placing them above the league average. Their shooting efficiency is a key reason for their offensive success as they are also generating 5 on 5 scoring chances at an above-average rate. Heading into their game with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Panthers have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 20 goals, accounting for 54.0% of the overall scoring. Over this stretch, the team has managed to play above .500 hockey, while scoring more than their average of 2.9 goals per game, 3 times.

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