Florida Panthers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 12/27/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (13-21-3) at Florida Panthers (19-12-4)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers / Columbus Blue Jackets --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, FSFL
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Florida Panthers meet Sunday afternoon at the BB&T Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a nice victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power plays. Scott Hartnell leads Columbus with 13 goals, Nick Foligno has 14 assists and Boone Jenner has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 60 goals on 713 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 28 goals on 240 shots. Bobrovsky has allowed three goals in his last three games.
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The Florida Panthers look to keep rolling after winning five straight games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power plays. Reilly Smith leads Florida with 11 goals, Jaromir Jagr has 15 assists and Vincent Trocheck has 64 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their power play chances. Roberto Luongo has allowed 62 goals on 829 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 13 goals on 185 shots. Luongo has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Blue Jackets are 19-47 in their last 66 Sunday games and 0-7 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic. The Panthers are 8-2 in their last 10 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Florida and 10-2 in the last 12 meetings overall.
The Panthers continue to win games and gain confidence. Not to mention Florida is well rested while the Blue Jackets played Saturday. I really like the Panthers here at home.