Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Florida Panthers - 12/1/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (9-6-6) at Columbus Blue Jackets (6-15-2)
NHL Hockey: Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -114 / Florida Panthers +103 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Florida Panthers look to extend their winning streak to three games on Monday night in Columbus while the Blue Jackets look for any way to stop their four game slide and get out of the Eastern Conference basement.
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The Panthers have played the fewest games of any team in the NHL at the moment meaning they are going to have a pretty busy schedule over the next couple of weeks but it also gives them an opportunity to climb up the Atlantic division standings and throw their name into the mix for a potential Eastern Conference playoff spot. Florida is quietly having a pretty nice start to the season and while in all likelihood they will fall short of the postseason it is really nice to see their progression this early as many expected they would be a league doormat again this season until they can add a few more pieces but so far they have been very stingy and a resilient bunch. Florida is 9-6-6 on the season and are 4-2-5 on the road securing points in 9 of 11 outside of Sunrise and against a Blue Jackets team that is 6-15-2 and 2-7-1 in their last 10 it should give them a great opportunity to add to that trend.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are a complete mess right now and things don't appear to be getting any easier as they have dropped four straight games and have no end in sight including in tonight's affair against a red hot Panthers side. Columbus had huge expectations coming into the season after making the playoffs a year ago but they haven't even come close to generating the same type of success they found last year and the Ryan Johansen saga has caused more distractions than necessary it seems and as such the team is struggling mightily. Columbus may have gone from playoff team to competing for the top pick in the NHL draft in a matter of a month and while they still have time to turn things around I am not too optimistic that they can as they simply don't have the roster to do so and Sergei Bobrovsky is playing more like his Philadelphia self as opposed to the Vezina Trophy winner from a few years ago. The Jackets are on auto fade right now and getting the Panthers at this price is worth swinging at.